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How we support our employees with military connections

 

Wiltshire has a long association with the military and by 2020 Salisbury Plain will be the Army's largest training area in the UK. Wiltshire Council has always supported and fostered good relations with the military and as such, we are keen to recruit those with military connections. Please browse the page below to see the support we offer.

Reservists and cadet instructors 

We give our Reservists and cadet instructors two extra weeks’ paid leave a year to attend annual training camp. In addition, staff can purchase an additional 10 days’ leave per year. We offer flexible working practices  and staff can also apply for unpaid leave.

Families - spouses / partners and children 

We realise that partners and dependents of service personnel have had to move frequently, which combined with childcare responsibilities can make finding work or getting back into the workplace hard.

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To overcome this, we offer a wide variety of roles and working patterns, including:

  • Flexible working practices and policies including flexi-time, part-time work, term-time hours, annualised hours or compressed hours.
  • The opportunity to work from home or from one of our other offices. 
  • Wiltshire Temporary Bank - our temporary employment agency, providing short-term, varied assignments.
  • Voluntary positions - to help gain valuable experience and confidence.
  • Apprenticeships - ranging from level two (similar level to GCSEs, therefore appropriate for younger family members) to level five (similar level to HND/beginning of undergraduate degree), which are excellent ways to start, change or develop your career.

In addition:

  • We work with the social enterprise Recruit for Spouses to promote our job opportunities to the spouses and partners of serving personnel.
  • If serving personnel are deployed or moved to another location, their spouse  / partner can apply for a career break of up to five years if employed by Wiltshire Council. This means that upon their return to the area, the spouse / partner is guaranteed an interview for any job where they meet the essential requirements.

Browse the boxes below to see what else we offer.

We hope the information contained on this page will encourage you to browse our vacancies.

Military spouse / partner social group Resettlement careers events HR policies Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day Higher Futures The Enterprise Network

We have set up a virtual social group for military spouses / partners who work for Wiltshire Council to join and connect with each other. This group organises face-to-face meetings, as well as providing a forum to share ideas, network and provide feedback on how we can make our policies more military friendly.

We support and participate in the South West Transition Fair where businesses and service providers offer advice and support to service personnel planning their futures following their military career. The event is free to attend and open to all service personnel & their families, as well as service leavers.

We support British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) events which are attended by serving military personnel, veterans, reserve forces and family members. These events help those looking for a new role, considering retraining and gaining qualifications or considering self-employment opportunities.

We have a specific HR policy for Reservists & cadet instructors providing two weeks’ paid leave for training camp. All staff can purchase 10 days leave per year on top of their standard leave. We operate flexible working and a flexi-time scheme to accommodate staff commitments. Staff can also apply for unpaid leave.

We support Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day. As part of these celebrations, we encourage all our Reservists to attend work in their military uniform. We also support and attend a number of events across the county at this time.

Higher Futures is a newly formed skills development programme aimed at ensuring that the workforce in Swindon and Wiltshire is able to gain higher level skills and qualifications (NVQ level 4, HND/Degree and above). It offers access to high quality training, endorsed by businesses, for skills that are in short supply.

Higher Futures focuses on working with former military personnel as Swindon and Wiltshire host the greatest concentration of army resources in the country. Many do not hold higher level qualifications recognised by civilian employers.

This is where Higher Futures can help, offering access to university level education that is local and flexible – meeting employers’ needs and fitting in with employees’ lives.

The Enterprise Network (TEN) is a Wiltshire Council initiative to help individuals considering starting a business or, having started one, need access to business premises. It has a particular focus on current and former military personnel and their spouses.

TEN offers advice, modern business premises with flexible leases, workshops and networking opportunities which enables those that engage with us to gain the skills and expertise to run a successful business. It has excellent links with the military community which helps us to notify them of any relevant events.

TEN is proud and delighted to support the military community in Wiltshire and beyond.

Military spouse / partner social group

We have set up a virtual social group for military spouses / partners who work for Wiltshire Council to join and connect with each other. This group organises face-to-face meetings, as well as providing a forum to share ideas, network and provide feedback on how we can make our policies more military friendly.

Resettlement careers events

We support and participate in the South West Transition Fair where businesses and service providers offer advice and support to service personnel planning their futures following their military career. The event is free to attend and open to all service personnel & their families, as well as service leavers.

We support British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) events which are attended by serving military personnel, veterans, reserve forces and family members. These events help those looking for a new role, considering retraining and gaining qualifications or considering self-employment opportunities.

HR policies

We have a specific HR policy for Reservists & cadet instructors providing two weeks’ paid leave for training camp. All staff can purchase 10 days leave per year on top of their standard leave. We operate flexible working and a flexi-time scheme to accommodate staff commitments. Staff can also apply for unpaid leave.

Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day

We support Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day. As part of these celebrations, we encourage all our Reservists to attend work in their military uniform. We also support and attend a number of events across the county at this time.

Higher Futures

Higher Futures is a newly formed skills development programme aimed at ensuring that the workforce in Swindon and Wiltshire is able to gain higher level skills and qualifications (NVQ level 4, HND/Degree and above). It offers access to high quality training, endorsed by businesses, for skills that are in short supply.

Higher Futures focuses on working with former military personnel as Swindon and Wiltshire host the greatest concentration of army resources in the country. Many do not hold higher level qualifications recognised by civilian employers.

This is where Higher Futures can help, offering access to university level education that is local and flexible – meeting employers’ needs and fitting in with employees’ lives.

The Enterprise Network

The Enterprise Network (TEN) is a Wiltshire Council initiative to help individuals considering starting a business or, having started one, need access to business premises. It has a particular focus on current and former military personnel and their spouses.

TEN offers advice, modern business premises with flexible leases, workshops and networking opportunities which enables those that engage with us to gain the skills and expertise to run a successful business. It has excellent links with the military community which helps us to notify them of any relevant events.

TEN is proud and delighted to support the military community in Wiltshire and beyond.

Wiltshire facts

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Wiltshire Council was created in 2009 as a unitary authority by bringing together the previous district and county councils.

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We’re one of the county’s largest employers: a workforce of about 5,000, not including our schools workforce, serving a population of 474,300.

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In 2011, we pioneered a new leadership model, replacing a single chief executive with a leadership team of three corporate directors.

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We’ve put decision making in the heart of the community, through 18 local area boards.

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Our teams work creatively in partnership with the NHS, police, fire and rescue, and community groups.

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According to national crime statistics, Wiltshire is the second safest place to live in the country.

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In our latest staff survey, responses reflected strong embedding of the behaviours framework, with 95% of staff stating they understand the behaviours that are expected of them.

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In 2014, the council doubled its highways maintenance budget, adding an extra £53 million over the next five years for road improvements on 2,728 miles of roads.

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In the latest staff survey, 74% of staff said there was a community focused culture which is a very positive message and reflects the Council’s vision to create stronger and more resilient communities.

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Around half of the 225,000 tonnes of household waste collected each year in Wiltshire is recycled.

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We have 21 leisure centres and 31 libraries.

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The ‘Wiltshire careers education programme’ is an innovative pilot scheme we’ve launched in partnership with local employers.

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We spend £900 million each year, providing 354 services to the people of Wiltshire.

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Between 2012 and 2014 there was a rise of 5% in the number of “fully engaged staff” and a reduction in those whose responses show them to be fully disengaged.

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We’re investing nearly £80 million in our innovative and award winning community campus programme to bring improved facilities and services to local communities.

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