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TechVets To Retrain Armed Forces Veterans As Cybersecurity Warriors

Theo Priestley

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British Army Cyber Operations

Ministry of Defence teams up with innovative start-up, TechVets, to train the next generation of cyber security professionals.

The MOD and new not-for-profit TechVets have joined forces to help more veterans retrain for the future. TechVets, which specialises in helping veterans get jobs in the cyber security and technology sector, will work with the MOD’s flagship training programme for service leavers, under a new agreement.

The technology and cyber security sector is rapidly growing, and while people leaving the armed forces have unique skills and experience which they can contribute in this area, for example in project and programme management. Currently only 4% of veterans are working in tech and cyber, compared to 24% of non-veterans.

The new agreement with TechVets will look to increase the numbers of cyber veterans by working closely with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership, which provides service leavers with training and education opportunities whilst transitioning out of the armed forces.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood welcomed this new partnership saying, “Veterans have unique skills and experiences, gained from their time in the armed forces, which means they contribute a lot to society.

“It’s fantastic that TechVets will provide opportunities for veterans to apply their considerable talents to the cyber security field, which is playing an increasingly vital role in keeping this country safe.”

Providing A Cyber Future For Armed Forces Veterans

TechVets made a number of pledges under The Armed Forces Covenant during the discussions with the MOD to secure the future of armed forces personnel seeking a new career;

  • To continue working with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership providing training and employment for veterans in technology and cyber security sectors of the economy
  • Support their employees’ service as members of the Reserve forces, by accommodating their training and deployment
  • Offer flexibility when granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment
  • Support cadet units of the local community and schools

Co-founder of TechVets Mark Milton, co-founder of TechVets, said “We’re delighted to be able to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and strengthen our support for current and former Service personnel and their families.

“The transferable skills of the veteran community are a real underutilised national resource and have a vital role to play in supporting the security and prosperity of the nation.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly. By signing the Covenant, TechVets joins the ranks of over 2,000 organisations across the UK who have committed to supporting current and ex-Forces personnel, ensuring that they and their families have equal opportunities.

Theo Priestley

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