British university New Model in Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) has introduced a programme to improve productivity and employability of personnel leaving the armed forces.

The defence and security continual professional development (CPD) series will support personnel in their post-service life.

The programme will seek to increase future career opportunities available to these individuals.

It will focus on several topics, ranging from global corruption to energy demand.

The CPD series is open to experienced engineering professionals and groups. Three Counties Defence & Security Group (3CDSG), an association of security and defence small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), has been selected to serve as anchor partner for the programme.

NMiTE HR head and CPD manager Samantha Lewis said: “We identified a lack of lifelong learning opportunities supporting military leavers, so designed our defence and security series to fill the gap.

“As Minister for Defence People and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood said when he visited our site in May this year there is still a stigma attached to ex-soldiers struggling to adapt to civilian life.

“Because we are based so close to military establishments and the defence and security industry ‘golden triangle’, we believe NMiTE will be a really local and visible pointer to the wider world of engineering.”

NMiTE, which is backed by the government, educators, Olin College, and industry, is set to launch eight CPD courses in the coming months.

3CDSG CEO Anna Roby-Welford said: “This CPD series, launched by NMiTE, is a further example of the excellent initiatives in the county to support our servicemen and women.

“It will ensure that their existing, as well as new, skills and knowledge are recognised and accredited, enabling them to better showcase these to current and prospective employers.”

NMiTE aims to transform higher engineering education in Britain in a bid to meet the demand for engineers.