Help for veter­ans

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - NEWS -

Two Scot­tish uni­ver­si­ties have joined up to help 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 in Glas­gow to­mor­row to ex­hibit how uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges can sup­port ex-mil­i­tary per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies.

GCU and ENU are signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant, a prom­ise from the na­tion that those who serve or have served in the mil­i­tary are treated fairly.

The event forms part of the GCU-HM Forces Learn­ing Part­ner­ship, de­signed for mil­i­tary per­son­nel look­ing to change di­rec­tion.

Jim Cas­tle of GCU said many of the skills learned by veter­ans can be trans­ferred across dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries.

“All ser­vice­men and women have been trained in bat­tle­field evac­u­a­tion”, said Mr Cas­tle. “They learn how to treat some­one who has been badly in­jured, to keep them alive un­til medics ar­rive.

“This is called ‘the golden hour’, the the­ory is if you can keep some­one alive for an hour they will sur­vive. This is a mas­sive skill.

“They also have phys­i­cal fit­ness, lead­er­ship skills, de­ci­sion mak­ing, com­mit­ment, team­work, loy­alty, in­tegrity, dis­ci­pline and courage to name just a few. They have a huge range of trans­fer­able skills, which com­bined with ed­u­ca­tion, will max­imise their po­ten­tial and make them highly em­ploy­able.”

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