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HighGround Rural Week


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ARE YOU TRANSITIONING FROM THE MILITARY? INTERESTED IN THE LAND-BASED SECTOR? WONDERING WHAT TO DO NEXT? HIGHGROUND COULD BE FOR YOU!!

HighGround is a charity which helps Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector including Farming, Forestry, Conservation, Landscape Design and much more.


Our team of experts is here to provide advice, information, contacts and introductions to help you move forwards as you plan and execute Life Beyond the Military – Outdoors.

WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR COMING TO HIGHGROUND?

  1. You must have served in HM Forces – doesn’t matter how long for, or how long ago.

  2. You must be looking towards employment – we understand that not everyone is ready to jump into full time employment and our role is to help you to get closer to finding out what you really want to do, and then travel with you as you get there.

HighGround is tri-service. Our vision is land-based opportunities for all who have served. We welcome referrals from other charities including the Regular Forces Employment Association, Walking With the Wounded, Royal British Legion Industries, the Royal Marines Association, the Royal Marines Charity, BLESMA, Supporting Wounded Veterans and the White Ensign Association and we work closely with the Officers Association, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall and the Career Transition Partnership. We also welcome self referrals.

Every individual who is referred to HighGround or self-refers is at a different stage in their lives and our aim is to find out how we can help you as quickly as possible. Everyone we work with is looking towards the land-based sector. Some people know where they want to go, and just need some advice and introductions and are on their way.

For others, the land-based sector offers so many opportunities for ex military people it’s hard to know where to start!

For these people a Rural Week could be the answer. This is a five day residential course delivered at an agricultural college with 9 others, predominantly serving personnel who are in the resettlement phase of their military careers.

It costs HighGround £1,360 per head to deliver a Rural Week and we are very grateful to the Service benevolent funds and several other generous donors for supporting our Rural Weeks.

After a Rural Week which has helped you to decide what you want to do there are many follow-up options which we can help you with, including training, work experience (we have a constantly expanding network of contacts throughout the UK and abroad) and volunteering.

You can see examples of how HighGround is working with Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans by looking at our Good News section on our website: www.highground-uk.org.

Whether it’s our land-based advice service based at our office in Westminster or longer term support including a Rural Week all referrals start the same way with a telephone call or e-mail and inevitably a form!

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ABOUT BICTON COLLEGE

Bicton College is located in East Devon within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast. The historic Georgian mansion, commercial farm, arboretum and excellent campus facilities, set within 200 hectares of parkland, provide an exceptional learning environment for the full range of land based vocational areas. In addition, the Military Academy provides a stepping stone for new entrants wishing to progress a career into the armed forces.

Bicton College is only ten minutes from the sea and twenty minutes from the vibrant city of Exeter. Where attendees to Rural Weeks do not have their own transport the College can arrange collection from Exeter St David’s main line train station with further details provided within joining instructions.




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