Education, Training & Development Award Finalists 2023

An award to honour excellence in the provision of vocational education, training or skills development. This may be in the fields of preparatory, ongoing or transitional development for members of the wider Armed Forces community. The provision could be delivered by an individual, team or organisation.

In partnership with Capita.

Introducing the Finalists...

BFBS Academy

For organisations, teams, and individuals, BFBS Academy provides high-quality vocational training in digital communications and media production, offering both established accredited courses and customised training. Clients range from Ambassadors to those leaving the armed forces.

The academy has introduced a new Production Managers course for the current academic year, designed for service leavers and veterans who have a strong interest in the media industry and want to apply their existing skills in a new and challenging environment. Students on the course have so far produced a wide range of media, from short documentaries to podcasts and short fiction films, transferring military skills into the field of media production.

BFBS Academy courses are available to all British military veterans – students from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and Cornwall have attended. The courses are promoted within the military community and via BFBS’s social media and radio communication channels. Consequently, their reach is extensive within the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland as well as internationally.

Newtown Army Cadet Force - Gwent & Powys ACF

Newtown Army Cadets provides a service to 40 young people in the local community, ranging from 12-18 years, both male and female. Newtown is a small rural town in mid Wales with a small catchment area with one high school and two bus-tripped high schools, but over the years the local Army Cadet Force has helped over 300 young people.

The detachment is expertly led by a group of Cadet Adult Volunteers and Detachment Commander Captain Rachael Jones-Morris. They parade twice weekly through the whole of the year, except for annual camp, showing their commitment to the community.

The detachment has a waiting list of cadets which shows the service is needed, wanted and respected within the area. All aspects of the Army Cadet Force training programme are followed and completed with the statistics speaking for themselves. It is building local links in the community, working with other agencies to help out with volunteering and joint working.


TechVets helps military leavers overcome confidence issues, financial and logistical difficulties, and employer resistance, by providing high-quality training, emotional support, mentoring, CV guidance and even logistical assistance. It supports military families and spouses through a purpose-designed programme, helping them to upskill and find work around the challenges of running households and the locational insecurity that stems from having a spouse in the Forces.

In 2022 alone, TechVets’ support and training helped 200+ military leavers and families find meaningful careers, providing £30k worth of free, specialist IT training with partners Safestack, Defence Digital, Cisco and Cybrary. The estimated median average salary of successfully-placed graduates is £52,500.

TechVets strengthens the UK’s digital economy by promoting transferable military skills, upskilling members in IT support, project management, digital marketing and cybersecurity. Its innovative online career pathways clarify and improve career planning, training and transitioning for veterans. Through corporate initiatives and collaborations, TechVets educates employers about the value of the military, overcoming misinformation surrounding military leavers.

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