Thursday, 30 June 2016

MOD VETERANS SUPPORT



To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme this week, Defence Business Services has produced a short 30 second film to highlight MOD’s veterans support.

 
See the film on facebook at www.facebook.com/modveteransuk or


search facebook for ‘MOD veterans uk’ where the film is pinned to the top.

Monday, 20 June 2016

Changes Outlined in DINs

If you need to see one of the DINs listed below, please ask any HIVE for help


1.    Changes to Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) Regulations.
In April 2015, the Defence People and Training Board (DPTB) commissioned a review of Service children’s Continuity of Education exploring the ways by which the MOD assists Service Personnel to ensure continuity of education for their children; one of those is through the provision of CEA. The Review is not yet complete; however, it has identified some areas where the governance can be further tightened to strengthen the eligibility criteria for claiming CEA that do not need to wait until the review’s completion before implementing. The changes to CEA will be implemented from the beginning of academic year 2016/17. Please ensure you read 2016DIN01-100 to find out if any of the new regulations affect you.  Additional assistance is available from the Children’s Education Advisory Service www.gov.uk/guidance/childrens-education-advisory-service or their helpline 01980 618 244 (Military 94344 8244).

2.    School Children’s Visits (SCV) – Unaccompanied Minors (UNMIN). 
On 24 February 2016 British Airways (BA) announced that its Skyflyer Solo UNMIN service will no longer be available. Pre-existing bookings will be honoured if the service has already been booked and paid for, providing the journey is completed by 31 January 2017. BA will now only accept children aged 12-18 years to fly alone. 2016DIN01-103 has been released and gives full details of options available to parents.

3.    Recruitment of Commonwealth Nationals into the Armed Forces.


The aim of this DIN, which is targeted at all Armed Forces personnel, the chain of command and those with responsibility for recruitment, is to confirm the UK residency criteria for recruitment into the Regular and Reserve Armed Forces and also to explain the circumstances in which an exemption to the criteria will be granted for individuals recruited into roles that require specialist skills. The new DIN 2016DIN01-086 replaces  2013DIN01-149.

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Friday, 17 June 2016

Looking For Childcare



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Window Restrictors in Service Families Accommodation

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Friday, 10 June 2016

Enable - Supported Employment Services For Veterans


Applying for Civil Service Job Vacancies



The Civil Service helps the Government of the day to develop and deliver its policies as effectively as possible.
It incorporates three types of organisations – departments, agencies, and non-departmental government bodies (NDPBs) that work in a wide range of areas, touching on everyone’s day-to-day lives, such as education, health and policing.
Because our organisations deal with so many different aspects of government, civil servants work in an enormous variety of roles.
Becoming a civil servant could be as simple as applying for one of the many jobs advertised on our jobs website.  We also offer a variety of fast track routes for promising graduates and experienced professionals.

Our professional entry routes encourage people with skills developed in the private sector to transfer into the Civil Service at the right level. You can then apply those skills to make a real difference to our everyday lives. There are 22 different professions covered, and a number of different ways to apply.

Click here for the Civil Service website

Guidance - Armed Forces Access to Jobcentre Plus Services and Armed Forces Champions

For the guidance, please click on the link below:

Ex-Forces - Jobs at ASDA










Thursday, 9 June 2016

Changes to Enhanced Learning Credit schemes

Enhanced Learning Credits, Further Education and Higher Education scheme changes

The MOD promotes learning among members of the armed forces and the veterans’ community by providing what are known as Learning Credits, through the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme and Further Education and Higher Educaion scheme. Both of these entitle Service personnel and Service leavers to receive financial help with the cost of their learning.

From 1 April 2016 there will be some changes to the schemes to make them more accessible and to enable people to use them to gain personal and professional qualifications in a more flexible way, both while serving and after transition to civilian life.

See more at this link

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Helping to make a difference to Service Family Homes

Improving homes is a great job because it helps to make lives better. Our project teams at CarillionAmey are responsible for running improvement projects as and when DIO give us the green light to start a project and when MOD funding is made available. The projects run throughout the Government’s financial year which runs from 31st March to 1st April.
Project work is very satisfying, the teams really enjoy what they do because it involves making Service homes better, modernising them and helping to make them more energy efficient. Project work means our teams often spend a lot of time with the families and unit personnel which helps them to understand what Service families’ lives are like and why what they do is so important. 
A recent project which serves as a good example took place at Bovington Camp in Dorset and was completed in April. Fifty houses have been transformed from tired and outdated homes into smart and modern places to live with new external wall insulation, replacement windows and doors and new boilers.
Marcus Howlett, CarillionAmey’s Regional Contracts Manager in the South West, invited the Command, along with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and welfare personnel to view the newly refurbished houses all of whom were very pleased with the improvements that have been made.
Marcus said “We take great pride in helping to provide Service families with better and brighter places to live. It’s great knowing we are making a difference.”
Lt Col Andy Alford added “Please pass on my thanks for all the hard work to both CarillionAmey and DIO for transforming the estate”

We understand that it’s not easy for families having project work done when they are living in their property, but the end results tend to outweigh the short term pain. This past financial year has seen a number of major projects take place throughout the country, here are the facts and figures: