UK MoD and TechVets partner to train veterans in cyber security

14 August 2018 (Last Updated August 14th, 2018 14:39)

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant agreement with new not-for-profit start-up TechVets to train next generation of cyber veterans.

UK MoD and TechVets partner to train veterans in cyber security
Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood and TechVets co-founder Mark Milton sign the Armed Forces Covenant. Credit: © Crown copyright

The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has signed the Armed Forces Covenant agreement with new not-for-profit start-up TechVets to train next generation of cyber veterans.

The company focuses on providing veterans and service leavers with new job opportunities in the cyber security and technology sector.

UK Defence People and Veterans Minister Tobias Ellwood said: “Veterans have unique skills and experiences, gained from their time in the armed forces, which means they contribute a lot to society.

“It’s fantastic that TechVets will provide opportunities for veterans to apply their considerable talents to the cyber security field, which is playing an increasingly vital role in keeping this country safe.”

Under the new agreement, TechVets will coordinate with the MoD’s Career Transition Partnership programme for service leavers to increase the numbers of cyber veterans.

“We’re delighted to be able to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and strengthen our support for current and former Service personnel and their families.”

The programme will provide the service leavers with training and education opportunities while transitioning out of the armed forces.

In addition, the company will be responsible for accommodating the training and deployment of its employees to support their service as members of the Reserve forces.

TechVets co-founder Mark Milton said: “We’re delighted to be able to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and strengthen our support for current and former Service personnel and their families.

“The transferable skills of the veteran community are a real under-utilised national resource and have a vital role to play in supporting the security and prosperity of the nation.”

The Armed Forces Covenant helps the UK MoD treat the present and ex-servicemen of the country fairly, as well as their families.