HighGround is a charity which has been formed to assist in the transition to civilian life of individuals who have served in HM Armed Forces. The Charity’s aim is to provide training, career advice and insight to Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans about jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector; farming, forestry, conservation, landscape design and much more.
HighGround’s focus is on employment; service in the Armed Forces exposes personnel to working and living outdoors. The land-based employment sector offers an ever-increasing variety of opportunities for Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to use their transferable skills learned in the military to pursue jobs, careers and vocational opportunities.
The Charity is based in London and offers a national service.
How we can help you
HIGHGROUND – LIFE BEYOUND THE MILITARY OUTDOORS
HighGround is a charity which helps Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans to find jobs, careers and vocational opportunities in the land-based sector: Farming, Forestry, Conservation, Landscape-design and much more.
Our team of experts including a Careers Manager is here to provide advice, information, contacts and introductions to help you move forwards with confidence.
At HighGround 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 they 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! (Refer to the table below to discover the diverse areas of work in the land-based sector).
For these people, a Rural Week offers a great opportunity to discover suitable options. 5 fully residential days at an agricultural college with 9 others who are all either currently serving, or have served to learn about what the land-based sector looks like, how your military skills and experience can map perfectly into it, what qualifications and training you will need and how to get there.
The Rural Weeks are held at Bicton College which is located in East Devon within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just two miles from the Jurassic Coast.
What to expect from a Rural Week:
- A unique programme promoting the breadth and depth of 2nd Career Opportunities across the Land Based Sector.
- 5 Days spent with like-minded individuals looking at options for employment in the outdoors.
- Residential and Full Board as part of the package.
- Guest Speakers who have successfully made the transition from armed service life to civilian life.
- Sessions delivered by people and companies that are industry experts.
- Inside track provided to major land based employers across the UK.
Having completed a Rural Week you will receive:
- Follow-up and ongoing support in "Life Beyond the Military".
- Access to jobs promoted via the HighGround network.
- Support in finding work experience opportunities across the HighGround network.
- All of the presentations with associated information on vocational areas captured on memory stick and given to delegates.
You can see examples of how HighGround is working with Service Leavers, Reservists and Veterans by looking at our good news:https://highground-uk.org/good-news/
Whether it’s our land-based advice service based at our office in Westminster or longer term support including a Rural Week just contact us with a telephone call and we will provide you with professional advice and ask you to complete a brief form in order to move forward.
DIVERSE AREAS OF WORK IN THE LAND-BASED SECTOR
ENVIRONMENTAL (OUTDOOR) DESIGN, PRODUCTION AND LEISURE
Covers all aspects of work on the land from management and administrative roles to practical, ‘hands-on’ activities which may use trades already held.
Covers careers available in areas where there is an end product or a service to people, there are opportunities for practical work or skilled craftsmanship. Many of the roles will offer the opportunity for direct contact with the customer and the general public.
Covers the care of all types of animals large and
small, their welfare and in many cases training
Wildlife Conservation (UK and abroad)
Countryside and Environment
Forestry and Estate Management
Game Keeping and River Management
Heritage and Commercial Railway opportunities
Landscape Design, Forest Schools, Adventure education to canoeing, mountaineering
Green Space Management
Sports Turf Management
Equine – The Horse industry including thoroughbred racing and breeding
Zoos and Wild Life Parks
Domestic and Companion Animals including Dog Training, Kennel Management and Grooming.
HighGround also provide a Horticultural Therapy service at Stanford Hall for Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) patients as part of the Defence Recovery Capability.