For some veterans, the process of acclimatising back into day-to-day civilian life can be a tough one. This can be true not just for the veterans themselves, but for those close to them as well. Fortunately, there are a number of fantastic organisations in the UK – both third-sector and in the business world – who are more than happy to lend a helping hand to former servicemen and women, and to assist them in adjusting to life in the modern civilian workplace in our exciting digital age.
One such organisation is Salesforce. Salesforce is a business and marketing service provider, offering services as diverse as sales automation assistance, marketing strategy guidance, and IT support, for use by businesses and organisations worldwide. Salesforce has recently been offering an innovative and trailblazing programme, designed to recognise and honour the contribution made to civilian life by members of the armed forces, and to assist them in returning to worthwhile jobs when their military careers are over. This programme is called VetForce, and it offers training in specific areas to former servicemen and women, all of which is designed to build on the positive traits and abilities a military background instils (such as self-discipline, motivation, and dedication).
The VetForce programme itself is a global initiative and has been in operation since 2014, when, as part of the Joining Forces scheme introduced by Barack Obama, it came into being in order to provide a better future for those who had served in the military. The VetForce initiative is focussed on preparing veterans specifically for a career in sales, consulting or IT, and as such its training is designed to teach the skills necessary to be successful in those particular fields. These skills include cloud-computing expertise, which many veterans may find themselves lacking, or at least needing to brush up on in order to be able to make a worthwhile contribution in the modern workplace.
The VetForce programme hopes to help over a million service members who are leaving active duty behind over the next half-decade, and to guide them as they take their first steps into a cloud-computing career. Encouragingly, this is not the only veterans programme to have been made available in recent years, with schemes such as Farmable and Heropreneurs having been set up in this country as well.