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Routes to Employment

Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE) 


Finding full-time employment or meaningful 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 via its Occupation, Training and Employment (OTE) programme. 


First a veteran assesses their readiness for employment – with a time gap if required. Each veteran then 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 contracts. 


Together, we work at finding an occupation that suits an individual’s specific needs and skillset. This could involve finding relevant training opportunities and supporting with referrals so that the veteran can be better prepared for civilian work.


Veterans who have taken part in the programme have entered a wide range of roles, including adventure experience leader, book keeper, electrician, dog handler, mechanic, gardener, personal fitness instructor and engineer.


As at April 2021, the OTE programme had returned 90% of participants to full- or part-time occupations, training or employment.


Apply to join our OTE programme

Veterans who have taken part in OTE have entered a wide range of industries and 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

Life in industry

Former Guardsman Ed was injured in Afghanistan in 2013. He joined us on the 2020 Ski Week. Watch his video about life in the financial services industry.

Can you employ a veteran?

SWV enjoys the support of a growing network of potential employers who 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. If you are an employer who may be able to help, please contact Zizi Mason, OTE Programme Lead. 

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