The best Armed Forces events to pack your summer with

Are you looking to build up your CV and prepare to return to civilian life? Maybe you want to help raise funds to support veterans and those in the armed forces who may be struggling? This handy timetable of events across the UK will help you boost your career and contribute to some wonderful causes. 

Employment Fairs 

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) is holding several nationwide employment fairs. The CTP is run by the Ministry of Defence and the organisation has been supporting leavers of the Armed Forces in their transition to civilian life for over 20 years. CTP Employment Fairs provide opportunities to meet employers who recognise the skills and experience of service leavers and are actively seeking to employ them. It’s the perfect opportunity to network or just do some research to help you think about the jobs and organisations you would like to work with in the future. 

CTP Employment Fairs are taking place at the following times and places: 

16 June – National Careers Fair 

BFRS, a social enterprise who support the Armed Forces Community in finding work, is hosting an in-person and online careers fair which will exhibit thousands of potential jobs. Employers from national, regional and local companies and training providers will be in attendance to tell you about career opportunities. The in-person event takes place at Leicester Race Course, but the online event allows those across the county to access the variety of useful information on offer. 

24 June – Hadrian’s Wall Trek 

Armed forces charity SSAFA is organising a trek along the scenic northern border of the Roman Empire, built nearly 2,000 years ago. The 25-mile hike allows participants to experience stunning views of the northern countryside and the ancient ruins. SSAFA is providing trekkers with tents, food and support vehicles. By taking part in the three-day trek, you can raise money for the charity and help them relieve need, suffering and distress amongst the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. 

25 June – 13 Bridges Challenge

SSAFA is raising funds on Armed Forces Day 2022. Participants will follow a 10-mile route across Central London, crossing 13 different bridges along the Thames as they go. The challenge is highly accommodating: there are slower paced groups for those who want to take it easy or bring their children along, and those unable to get to London can use Strava to partake digitally. Last year the event was extremely successful, raising £76,000 for the charity. 

27-28 June – Loch Ness 24 

The RAF Benevolent Fund (RAFBF) is encouraging runners to take part in a 24 hour trail run around the famous loch. Participants can run around the loch’s shores solo or as part of a team relay. The endurance challenge invites the daring to complete as many 7km laps around the Loch as they can, running through ancient pine forests and the beaches of Loch Ness. Funds raised will aid the RAFBF in supporting members of the RAF by providing practical, emotional and financial support to RAF staff and their families. 

5-6 July – Financial Services Taster Event 

J.P. Morgan, one of the world’s biggest financial services firms, is hosting a two day virtual event to give you an insight into a potential second career in finance. The event promises to immerse participants in J.P. Morgan’s culture of innovation and excellence, with plenty of opportunities to network and learn about careers in investment banking, small-business and commercial banking, asset management and private equity.

1 August – CV Development Webinar

CTP is putting on another fantastic careers event. This online seminar will help you ensure your CV is of the highest quality so you are ready to begin applying for jobs after leaving the Armed Forces. Experienced facilitators will be giving advice on how to tailor CVs to the needs of employers, how to write cover letters and on how to write about your achievements in a concise and memorable style. 

21 August-18 September – Kiltwalks 

Poppyscotland, a charity which helps Armed Forces leavers struggling whilst serving or adjusting to civilian life, is raising funds through a series of sponsored walks. As an added bonus, all funds raised for Poppyscotland will receive a 50% top up from the The Hunter Foundation. Events taking place in Dundee and Edinburgh challenge kilt-donning walkers with three different distances. The Dundee Kiltwalk takes place on 21 August and the Edinburgh walk is on 18 September. 

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