Aca­demic link-up to help forces vet­er­ans

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Two Scot­tish uni­ver­si­ties have joined to­gether to help armed forces vet­er­ans find new ca­reers and adapt to civil­ian life.

Glas­gow Cale­do­nian Univer­sity (GCU), Ed­in­burgh Napier Univer­sity (ENU) and Vet­er­ans Scot­land will jointly host an event to­mor­row in Glas­gow to ex­hibit how uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges can sup­port ex-mil­i­tary per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies.

In Scot­land, there are around 237,000 vet­er­ans of dif­fer­ent ages, so­cial back­grounds and length of ser­vice.

The two uni­ver­si­ties are both signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a prom­ise from the na­tion that those who serve or have served in the mil­i­tary and their fam­i­lies are treated fairly.

The event forms part of the GCU-HM Forces Learn­ing Part­ner­ship, de­signed specif­i­cally for mil­i­tary per­son­nel look­ing to ad­vance their ca­reer or make a change of di­rec­tion.

Jim Cas­tle, GCU’s Vet­er­ans and Armed Forces cham­pion, said that many of the skills learned by vet­er­ans dur­ing their time in ser­vice can be trans­ferred across dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries.

Mr Cas­tle said: “In a nut­shell, they have a huge range of trans­fer­able skills, which com­bined with ed­u­ca­tion, will max­imise their po­ten­tial and make them highly em­ploy­able and ma­jor as­sets to so­ci­ety and the econ­omy.”

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