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Armed Forces Community Spring 2014

CovenantNews More support for reserves

• help veterans to gain employment

• help the families of servicemen and servicewomen to gain employment.

The MOD and Canterbury College have made a pact to give even more support to the Armed Forces.

The College has signed up to the MOD Corporate Covenant, meaning it is even more focused than ever before on helping employees who are also members of the reserve forces.

As part of this pact, the College will:

• support College employees who are members of the Reserve Forces by accommodating their training and deployment where possible

• be flexible to staff who have partners in the Armed Forces by granting leave before, during or after that partner’s deployment

Canterbury College’s Armed Forces Liaison Officer Darren Bashford said: “The College’s inclusion in the MOD Corporate Covenant is a major step in showing support for the United Kingdom’s reserve forces. At a time where the country is involved in the biggest combat operation since World War 2, in Afghanistan, it is it is imperative that employers provide support to reserve forces members wherever possible.”

The MOD Corporate Covenant is similar to, but separate from, the Armed Forces Community Covenant. It allows organisations such as the College to show support for the Forces.

The MOD will provide training and support to those who are leaving the Armed Forces and working towards employment in civilian life.

New Armed Forces Liaison Officer

He said: “I am here to maintain the College’s links with the military, as well as to help establish new ones. I will be using the Covenant to work in partnership with, and benefit, the Armed Forces community. I am available to provide appropriate support for them wherever necessary.”

Meet Darren Bashford – your link to Canterbury College and the services it provides.

Darren is the College’s new Armed Forces Liaison Officer. It is his job to help bring the College and the Armed Forces together.

If you have an event you think the College can help with, Darren is the person to contact.

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Darren is an ex-regular infantry soldier and is now a sergeant in the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police and has served in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

He also teaches Uniformed Public Services – a course that can give students a starting point towards a career in the Armed Forces or emergency services.

If you wish to contact Darren, you can call him on 01227 811207 or email him at

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Cadets join the Covenant

Kent Cadets have strengthened links with the community by joining the Covenant.

The county’s Army Cadet Force, Air Training Corps, Sea Cadet Corps and SERFCA (South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association) signed up at Canterbury College – the first colaboration of its kind in the UK.

“The College was looking for opportunities to expand its relationship with the Armed Forces, and because many of our students and staff are involved with the cadet forces we came

up with the idea of developing the UK’s first Cadet Week,” explained College Armed Forces Liaison Officer Darren Bashford.

After joining the Covenant, the Cadets took part in the first-ever Kent Cadet Week (organised by the College).

The Cadets held a week of open evenings and demonstrations, including displays and talks in town centres and high streets.

Cadet Week aimed to raise awareness of Kent’s cadet forces, recruit adult volunteer instructors, enrol cadets and generate funding for local squadrons and units.

Jobs fair in Civvie Street

Over 1,500 members of the Armed Forces have received help finding civilian work at a special jobs fair.

The Military Transition Job Fair in Medway saw Barclays Bank, Kent Police, Skanska Construction and lots more companies searching for employees.

Canterbury College had a stand at the event, and was promoting the services and support it can offer those looking for a new job.

Canterbury College’s Armed Forces Liaison Officer Darren Bashford was on the stand. He said: “The Military Transition Fair was an excellent opportunity for service leavers to look at potential resettlement options for civilian life. Organisations were available to give advice regarding education, training, housing and employment.

With recent military redundancies the Transition Fair is an effective tool for preparing our service personnel for a new life, career and bright future in ‘Civvy Street’.”

For more information about finding civilian work, you can contact Canterbury College’s Canterbury Training and Recruitment (CTR) team by emailing or calling 01227 811163.

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