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Veterans Programme

, Jan 2019

Moving into a civilian career can be as challenging as it is an opportunity, at AVMI you’ll have the opportunity to put your skills to work and immediately make a difference. We hire veterans of all backgrounds, ranks and experiences for engineering roles across our projects and service departments. Right from the beginning you’ll work on projects that introduce you to the business and prepare you for your career, or you’ll be at the heart of our business, helping to provide our clients with an outstanding service.

To ensure you get the most out of our Veterans Programme, we take the time to get to know you and understand your skills before placing you in a role. Making sure you are fully equipped to succeed, we’ll help you build your product, technical and industry knowledge so that you can take your career in the right direction. We’ll assign you a mentor who has previous armed forces experience to help guide your career and ensure you make the most of the opportunities available. You’ll work one-to-one with your manager and mentor to create clear goals that are achievable, making this an excellent way to discover more about a career in the Audio Visual industry.

The programme is paid and non-rotational, it will last up to 52 weeks but depending on your skill set you could finish in a much shorter time. Training will be based in our Sunbury on Thames HQ as well as our client sites. You will also be given training to qualify as a Certified Technology Specialist™ (CTS®). We’re looking for candidates from the ARMY, NAVY or Air Force that have a trade in electronics, communications and Information Technology , even if you are infantry soldier or have no trade when you leave we will give you the right training to a rewarding career in the audio visual industry

JUSTIN PAVELEY

Justin joined the 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment in 1996, where he spent 4 years as an infantry soldier in the British Army.

His time was mostly spent either jungle warfare training in Belize, desert warfare training in Oman, airborne brigade training in Europe as well as jumping around the UK. The highlight of his training was parachute training, especially his first jump! Having not qualified for resettlement when leaving the army, Justin struggled to find work. When he eventually found work it was with other veterans who were great mentors, making the transition from veteran to civilian a lot easier.

Justin fell into the AV industry with recommendation from a friend who had just began working at an AV company. The owners of the business were both veterans from the Navy and RAF which helped sway his decision and he hasn’t looked back since.

As Engineering Director Justin oversees one of AVMI’s largest teams in Projects, who are responsible for deploying AV/IT systems across the globe.

What advice would you give to veterans wanting to join the AVMI Veterans Programme?

“The military pledges to never leave a soldier behind, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.” With first-hand military experience I will be able to support, mentor and relate to any veteran that wants to join our team. I am very excited and honoured to be able to give something back to those who gave so much.

JASON TURNER

Jason Turner joined the Royal Air Force in March 1988 as a Gen Tech E where he spent most of his time working in the UK before leaving in December 1997.

Having strong friendships outside of the forces and living away from base 5 years prior to leaving, made resettling easy for Jason. Luckily some of his team members had already gone through the process of leaving the forces and were always forthcoming with advice.

Playing rugby for a civilian club helped Jason expand his contact base and meet new people. One of the team’s supporters managed a technical team in an AV company and had a policy of employing service personnel, which is how he began his career in the AV industry.

Jason is a Strategic Account Director which involves looking after global IT Systems Integrators by providing strategic and consultative advice about Audio Visual and Video Managed Service solutions.

What advice would you give to veterans wanting to join the AVMI Veterans Programme?

AVMI has the ability to help you transition to civilian life, whether you see this as a stepping stone or a future career, the Audio Visual industry and AVMI in particular will offer multiple opportunities to learn different skills, meet new people and express who you really want to be.

GLENN PARKER

Glenn served with the Corps of Royal Engineers for 9 years before leaving in 2008. Based in North Yorkshire he was with 38 Engineer Regiment, part of the 19 Light Brigade.

Following his Phase 1 and Phase 2 training, Glenn qualified top of his class as a Combat Engineer. After recovering from an injury for the 9 Para Squadron R.E., he was assigned to the Recce troop where he stayed for most if his career serving in Kosovo, Canada and Iraq.

Set to pursue a career in Fibre Optics after completing a resettlement course, Glenn fell into the AV Industry. Resettlement was quite a challenge, as he had to learn a whole new trade in a very short time but fortunately the AV company he worked for at the time had a senior management team of ex-forces, which significantly helped the transition.

As the Pre-Installation Manager, he oversees the rack build, staging and testing departments.

What advice would you give to veterans wanting to join the AVMI Veterans Programme?

“A good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” – General George Patton

If you want to develop yourself and grow in the ever-changing digital age, take this opportunity to join the AVMI Veteran Programme! We have great mentors to help you every step of the way.

DANE VAN DER LINDEN

Dane served in the Royal Marine Commandos for almost 8 years. After passing his training he deployed to Afghanistan with Alpha Company 40 Commando for 6 months, and when he returned he specialised in heavy weapons where he got drafted to 30 Commando before leaving in 2017.

Since 2017 Dane has adjusted to life outside the military easily and a lot quicker than anticipated. Joining a company that had other veterans made the transition to civilian living much better as he had something in common with his new peers.

Dane started work experience with an AV company that a friend recommended to him and within this time the company offered him a permanent role as a Service Engineer. As a Service Engineer, he is responsible for visiting client sites whenever an AV systems fault or issue is reported, to ensure all issues are fixed with minimal down time.

What advice would you give to veterans wanting to join the AVMI Veterans Programme?

AVMI strive for excellence and to be the best at what they do. Starting a career in the AV industry and with AVMI is a great opportunity and will undoubtedly open a multitude of doors for life post-military.

TERENCE SMITH

Terence started training in the The Royal Marine Commandos in 2010 and got drafted to 42 Commando where he did a tour of Afghanistan in 2011. Later he trained to become a signaller and was sent to HMS Bulwark where he was part of 4 Assault Squadron before ending his time in 42 commando in 2017.

Resettlement wasn’t as hard as he thought it would be, adapting to a civilian lifestyle was a smooth transition for Terence. The military provided the skills needed to adapt to different environments and situations, and he was lucky enough to move to a job straight after his military career.

Introduced to AV by his cousin, Terence started working for an AV company who had several ex-military employees and he hasn’t looked back since.

As an AV rack builder he is part of the UK’s largest on premise rack building team who build and test AV racks before they are sent to client sites.

What advice would you give to veterans wanting to join the AVMI AVMI Veterans Programme?

The programme is a great opportunity for anyone looking to resettle, it will open many doors in very little time, especially working for AVMI.

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