We support the MOD and the Recovery Career Services in getting people into salaried, supported and sustainable employment, including skills training and the achievement of relevant vocational qualifications.

BET Support

“I read with interest the detail of the Business Education Trust plans. I look forward to seeing the results. Thank you for your continued support and engagement in this important area.”
Major General Gerry Berragan CB
Director General of Personnel (when BET established), Headquarters Land Forces

Getting Started

How do I find a second career?

Two soldiers in desert camouflage standing next to a tankAll those personnel discharged because of injuries sustained during their service are entitled to the fullest level of resettlement provisionFor over 50 years the Business Education Trust (BET) has been helping people with their employment and with progressing their careers in business. Its resources are now totally focused on providing Apprenticeships and other employment opportunities for members of the Armed Forces who are wounded, injured or sick (WIS), and those injured on training or otherwise not on duty and who are to be medically discharged.  A new programme called 'Future Horizons' has been established to help Early Service Leavers (ESLs) and these young people will also be supported and assisted into employment.

The key to this project is the network of work-based learning Providers (WBLPs): those 600 organisations which have been successful in achieving government supported programmes to deliver training, qualifications and, above all, jobs to large numbers of people of all ages. They cover every city, town and village in the United Kingdom, and every single occupational area or type of employment.

The BET website has been established to help WIS Personnel, together with ESLs, towards supported and sustainable employment:

  • Near to where they want to live,
  • In their preferred job role;
  • At the right level; particularly bearing in mind any temporary or permanent limitations they may have;


  • Where they are paid a wage from day 1;
  • Which will provide them with training, leading to relevant vocational qualifications; and
  • Which will take into account their prior learning, qualifications and experience.

The Recovery Career Services (RCS) was launched as part of the MOD Defence Recovery Capability in May 2013.  The RCS is focussed on delivering an individualised and inspirational service which empowers wounded, injured and sick (WIS) Service Personnel to achieve a long-term and fulfilling second career.  The RCS works with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the MOD provider of resettlement services, to support wounded, injured and sick personnel.  The delivery component of support through the Personnel Recovery Units (PRUs) is co-ordinated through the recently established Support Command.  Similar organisational support exists for the Royal Navy/Royal Marines and the Royal Air Force.  PRUs each have a number of Personnel Recovery Officers (PROs) dedicated to helping personnel in the PRU and individual personnel can also be allocated RCS Specialist Employment Consultants (SECs) for advice.

The Future Horizons programme has been developed in response to the recognition and commitment from the Ministry of Defence to improve resettlement provision to Early Service Leavers (ESLs).

WIS personnel, their PRO or SECs, together with ESLs,can search the list of BET Work-based Learning Providers by job and by location; using the link to their website to understand better what they offer and to find suitable opportunities.  The WBLP will contact the employers concerned and arrange an interview - just like any other job-seeking situation. Having attended the interview, for which the individual will be fully briefed in advance and, hopefully, been selected by the employer, they will be signed up for the programme concerned.

While on the programme – where they are a member of staff just like any other employee - they will be allocated a Trainer Assessor from the WBLP who will remain in very frequent touch with them and provide guidance and support. They will also be allocated a work-place supervisor who will guide them day by day.

National Apprenticeship Service survey reveals that Apprenticeships are highly valued


The National Apprenticeship Service has published the results of two major surveys based on interviews with over 4000 Employers and 5000 Apprentices and gives an insight into a learner’s experience of an apprenticeship; from their first involvement, through to the impact following completion.

National Apprenticeship Service (NAS)

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) supports, funds and co-ordinates the delivery of Apprenticeships throughout England.

Click here to view a list of vacancies added in the last 28 days

Click here to view a list of vacancies closing in next 7 days with 5 or fewer applicants

For more information about these vacancies, please login or create an account here.


Universal Jobmatch

To search and apply for full or part-time jobs in Great Britain and abroad find a job with Universal Jobmatch.

For more information, please login here: https://www.gov.uk/jobsearch


Member Of Parliament

“I am delighted to read of the mission provided by the Business Education Trust. There is no doubt whatsoever that the work you do is vital.”

Elfyn Lewyd MP - Chairman of the All-Party Justice Unions Parliamentary Group (JUPG)

The Business Education Trust | Charity Number 326726

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