Supporting Wounded Veterans: Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE) 


“Rehabilitation to Employment” is the SWV motto but what does it mean. SWV’s approach, for most veterans, starts with the ski week, a great way to get to know people and for them to get to know us. But that is only the start. The next stage is to take a veteran through our rehabilitation and pain management programmes and begins to address the effects of injuries received during active duty. Finding full-time employment or a new occupation addresses what is for many a most crucial part in a person’s transition from military to civilian life.


SWV aims to find meaningful employment for the veterans in the Occupation Training and Employment (OTE) programme. We work at finding an occupation for an individual that suits their specific needs and skillset. This could involve offering training so the veterans can be better prepared for civilian work. Each veteran works with one of our OTE professional contractors on tailor-made job matching and veterans are given assistance with writing CVs, interview techniques and arranging their contracts. Veterans can also assess their own readiness for employment; not everyone is ready at this stage.

The process of returning to work in a new setting can sometimes take time, there is often a time gap between a veteran’s desire to work and the coming to terms with the consequences of such a decision. Our programme is tailored to the needs and pace of the individual but, like the veteran’s former career, it challenges and pushes to break boundaries to realise greater potential, often potential beyond the hopes of the veteran.


Veterans who have taken part in the SWV OTE program have entered a wide range of industries and a wide variety of roles, including:

  • Adventure Experience Leader

  • Book Keeper

  • Driver

  • Artist

  • Carpenter

  • Electrician

  • Author

  • Dog Handler

  • Engineer

  • Kitchen Fitter

  • Locksmith

  • Mechanic

  • Fundraiser

  • Gardener

  • Landscaper

  • Motivational Speaker

  • Personal Fitness Instructor

  • Project Manager

  • HGV Driver

  • Tree Surgeon

  • Photographer

The OTE program has returned 91% of participants (as of June 2020) to full or part-time occupation, training or employment. SWV enjoys a growing network of potential employers who, combined with the skills and expertise of the SWV employment professionals, are able to help veterans with a wide variety of issues and needs make the most of their expertise and skills back to meaningful employment.

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