A training scheme to help forces personnel retiring from the services enter civilian life is now its tenth month at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside where it is being run by an former serviceman.


Retired Wing Commander (engineer) Roland Stokes, now Head of Computing and Communications at ULH, is seeing a surge in applications for places on short courses which are designed to retrain service personnel in the last few months of duty.


Since January this year Mr Stokes has worked with Willoughby-based firm Global to implement retraining programmes which include mobile and data communications, project management and Information Technology.


All the courses, which range from one to four weeks in length, are designed to give personnel a first step up into civilian employment when they leave the forces.


“Firms don’t realise that servicemen have a wealth of experience,” “In the past two months we’ve had more students than over the previous eight months.”