Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) has commissioned Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research (IER), along with QinetiQ and RFEA, the Forces Employment Charity, to examine the transition of Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs) from all three Services into civilian employment (including full/part-time, self-employment, volunteering, or a combination of these).
Recent studies have highlighted that SNCOs face particular challenges transitioning to civilian employment due to lower educational attainment levels and a lack of confidence in translating military experience to civilian employers. This research will contribute to FiMT’s evidence base to understand this particular group’s unique transition challenges and will offer recommendations to influence relevant policy-making and service delivery.
The research team members have put together a robust programme of work, incorporating four work packages, which will be completed within 12 months of commencement (i.e. by January 2020).
The objectives of this research are:
a) to explore the employment outcomes for SNCOs and how these compare to other comparator groups; and
b) to identify the challenges faced in securing civilian employment among SNCOs leaving the UK Armed Forces; to highlight those aspects that are unique to this cohort; and to make recommendations on how these might be addressed that are applicable to policy-makers and service providers across the UK.