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Transition to civilian life

11th Infantry Brigade is primarily concerned with supporting Service personnel either residing in or returning to the South East. Our aim is to ensure all personnel are provided with regional information to allow timely, informed decisions. This helps Service families to put down roots, develop personal resilience and prepare a smooth through-career Transition to resettlement.

Transition: Individual Planning and Personal Development (IPPD) is not resettlement.
It is about you planning your personal and professional development throughout your career so that when you enter your resettlement you have exploited all the in-Service opportunities available to you, and as a family, you are in a better position financially, educationally, emotionally and professionally to launch into your resettlement.

You will all one day leave the Services
You cannot be certain when that day will come, however, removing your “Army blinkers” and taking time throughout your career to consider options open to you, exploiting in-Service education, housing and health/welfare provision, will significantly increase resettlement success and decrease the emotional impact that many currently experience when they leave.

Transition is your responsibility
It is best not left until the end. First you need to be clear about your current personal situation and to identify areas of weakness. HARDFACTS is a great tool to help you understand how resilient you and your family are. Where you identify an issue you can be assured that there is an organisation that can help. This site will help you to identify these organisations and find regional information. Early engagement is key.

Transition events
The Brigade runs a number of Transition events, mentoring courses, unit Life Skills briefs and networking activity. SE Transition Fairs are great “one-stop shop” events with all the key agencies under one roof. These events are open to Service Personnel, Service Leavers, Reservists, Spouses and Veterans. Dates of all transition activity are advertised via the CTP events webpage, Transition Newsletters, RCMOs and on this site.

Employment

The main focus of Service Leavers is finding that all important new career or job. Understanding the jobs market and skills requirements will often determine where a service leaver will settle. You can then plan your other transition activities around this, such as housing and schooling.

The South East has the second largest economy after London. IT and Telecoms companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Oracle, Cisco, Vodafone, Virgin Media and O2 dominate the Thames Valley / M4 corridor, particularly around Slough, Bracknell and Reading. Advanced Engineering, Retail and Distribution are also key sectors, with Mercedes, Red Bull, McLaren, Amazon UK, Argos, Tesco and B&Q based in the Region.

Aerospace, Defence and Pharmaceuticals are largely present along to M3 corridor, Oxfordshire hosts the UK Science and Technology Park and Kent is under going significant redevelopment under the Thames Gateway Project providing port, logistic, construction and retail opportunities supported by the delivery of 50,000 new homes over the next 25 years.

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are key sources of information when researching employment opportunities (including business start-up) and growth areas.

Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and National Careers Service (NCS) provide useful regional information, including skills and training requirements which are linked to specific advertised vacancies.

Top tip: Spend time researching employment sites to become familiar with key sectors, skills gaps and growth areas to better focus your employment and education resettlement plan.