A Charity offering personal help and advice for all serving and former members of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their Reserves and Families

HighGround Footprint Grows with New Appointment and Corporate Support

Published 26/08/2020 12:42:00, by Marina Maher

Thanks to funding from The Royal Foundation, Tim Lever is joining Team HighGround in January 2021 as its first Rural Employment Manager. The Charity helps service leavers and veterans find jobs, careers and vocational occupation in the land-based sector.

Tim, who is currently serving in the Royal Marines says:

“I am thrilled to be joining Team HighGround at this exciting time of growth. I feel HighGround is marching in-step with service leavers and veterans’ aspirations for land-based sector employment by offering something unique in the resettlement process.

Following a thirty-year military career which has seen Tim serve around the globe, including a two-year attachment to US military, he is now negotiating the resettlement process himself. A keen outdoorsman Tim sought a role in the land-based sector but was surprised to discover the limited options available through resettlement. Fortunately, he happened upon HighGround and attended a Rural Week at Bicton college.

The networking opportunities to be gained from attending a Rural Week are invaluable to the veteran and service leaver. Equally the training and skillsets that are directly transferable from military service to the land-based sector should not be underestimated by potential employers. Bringing together these two elements is the domain of HighGround, with ongoing support from the role of the Rural Employment Manager.

As the number of service leavers and veterans with an interest in exploring land-based sector options increases, so HighGround are expanding into a second agricultural college, Askham Bryan College near York, increasing capacity for Rural Weeks. This is wonderful news and I can’t wait to get involved.”

Recently the Charity welcomed housebuilder Barratt as their first corporate partner and founding member of HighGround Champions, a corporate support network which will enable employers to show their backing for ex-military personnel and help HighGround raise precious funds to sustain and develop their work with Life beyond the military – Outdoors.

David Thomas, chief executive of Barratt Developments, said:

“We are very pleased to support HighGround. The work they do to help injured service personnel through horticultural rehabilitation is inspirational and life-changing. As a business both directly, and through our partnerships with charities like

HighGround, we are committed to backing our Armed Forces personnel and providing them with support and new opportunities.”

Simon West, Director of the Gun Trade Association, who represents shooting and country sports industries on the Charity’s Development Board said:

“Seeing HighGround make such progress is brilliant. Supporting our armed-forces’ leavers into work in the countryside is a no brainer - not only are they super talented but they know how to operate outdoors! Rural industries can only benefit from the training and introductions HighGround provides.”

If you are an employer and could offer work experience or employment opportunities to a service leaver or veteran, please contact Anna. anna@highground-uk.org

Editor’s Notes

· HighGround is a registered charity which helps service leavers and veterans find jobs, careers and vocational occupation in the land-based sector.

· HighGround deliver ‘Rural Weeks’ resettlement courses that offer service leavers and veterans an overview of the land-based sector and how to access the many and varied opportunities within it.

· Rural Weeks are delivered at Bicton College in Devon and from Spring 2021 will also launch at Askham Bryan College near York. (During the pandemic HighGround’s Rural Weeks, moved online to become Virtual Rural Weeks. They should return to Bicton from September.)

· Anna Baker Cresswell is HighGround’s Founder and Executive Director. She has brought together subject matter experts from across the land-based sector to create HighGround’s Development Board who provide industry guidance and contacts to link employers and ex-military personnel.



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