No matter what stage you are at in your transition to civilian life, we’re confident that one of our Career Coaches could help you.

We believe that key to a successful transition is good friends, good networks and good luck. Our Career Coaches provide just that and work with you on an individual basis to provide support tailored to your needs. All contact can be carried out over the phone or by email, so no need to take time out of your week to arrange meetings. This also means that we can put you in contact with the best Career Coach, suited to your career goals no matter where they are in the country.

Good Friends

Everyone needs good friends in their transition, and working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach puts you in touch with people who are genuinely interested in what’s best for you and your career.

Good Networks

Our Career Coaches open doors to opportunities and can help you to explore new options that you may have never considered before.

Good Luck

The transition is all about making your own luck, by working hard to achieve your goals. By working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach, you’ll explore more opportunities, think outside the box and increase your chances of a successful transition. Hire a Hero and our Career Coaches do all we can to increase your luck.

Whether you’re still serving and looking to gain some insight to what Civvy Street is like, or already made the transition and looking to explore more career opportunities in civilian life then get in touch and begin working with a Hire a Hero Career Coach:


Hire a Hero have teamed up with Savoo. is an online fundraising platform that works with over 2,000 leading retailers to donate a percentage of every purchase to charity at no extra cost to the shopper.

You can help support Hire a Hero whilst searching the web or using Savoo’s vouchers on your purchases. In 3 easy steps, you can support the charity and save money.

You can start Saving and Fundraising today by visiting:

The Hire a Hero Career Coaching Scheme supports all ex-military personnel. From one day to a full service, redundancy, medical or voluntary discharge, we aim to support all ex-military personnel to make the transition from service to civilian life. 

Our Career Coaches provide vital support to those who have served and it is one of the most rewarding ways to support Hire a Hero and our service leavers and veterans. 

Why become a Career Coach with Hire a Hero?  

Working with a Career Coach gives ex-military personnel an individual point of contact on the other side of the fence as well as regular and reliant support. The time moving between military and civilian life can raise a number of issues for members of the armed forces. This can lead to uncertainty, vulnerability and beginning on a downward spiral. 

Becoming a Career Coach with Hire a Hero means that you are an important and integral part of preventing this downward spiral for the ex-military personnel you support. The relationship is on-going and is only closed when the service leaver is fully settled in civilian life. 

You have a direct impact on making the transition from service to civilian life a positive experience for those who have served and all from just giving a couple of hours a week. 

You don’t even need to meet face to face! Infact almost all of our Career Coaching relationships are carried out over the phone or by email. 

Could you be a Hire a Hero Career Coach?  

Hire a Hero will equip you with all the skills you need to make the Career Coaching relationships a success at our one day training course. You’ll also have the on-going support of the team. 

We hear from many individuals that they don’t feel qualified enough for the role, but you’d be surprised by how much civilian insight and knowledge you have. 

Many Career Coaches have a military background and their own transition story to share but this isn’t a necessity. Civilian experience is just as important in helping service leavers to adapt to life and employment on Civvy Street. 

More information . . . . 

Find out more or be kept up to date with future training session by getting in touch with our Military Liaison Officer: 

The Army Families Federation are working in partnership with the University of Warwick on a research project, investigating the barriers to employment military partners and spouses face.

Army Families Federation state: ‘Spousal employment has been an important focus for AFF for many years, and we’ve worked hard to discover the main difficulties that families face when trying to secure employment for the non-serving members. However, we believe there is still more we can do, and a fresh tri-Service approach is needed to dig deeper into this ongoing issue. ‘

University of Warwicks, Institute for Employment Research (IER) will examine employment statistics, making comparisons with civilian counterparts to gain a better understanding of the similarities and differences faced by military families, as well as surveying and interviewing military spouses, key stakeholders and employers.

If you are the spouse or partner of a serving member of the Armed Forces you can participate and complete the survey by clicking the link below. It will take only 10 minutes to complete.

Barriers to Military Spousal/Partner Employment Survey.

Our yearly ‘An Evening of Boxing with Dinner’ is back in 2018 and it’s set to be bigger than ever before.

Hosted in Wellington Barracks, London this is an event not to be missed.

Book your tickets or table now by contacting our Development Officer, Axel:


It’s that time of year again! Applications are now open for the Farmfoods Management Development Programme, perhaps a career you’ve never considered but one you really should! 

Hire a Hero works in partnership with nationwide retailer Farmfoods as they recruit to fill positions on their Management Development Programme (MDP). 

We are now in our third year of working exclusively to promote the position to and support those who have served through the various stages of the programme. 


The 12 month programme will allow you to experience almost every part of the business. You will have all of the support and training you need to fulfil this demanding job, requiring excellent organisational skills and an ability to work efficiently. 

After nine months you will have acquired the necessary knowledge and management skills to enable you to take on the challenge of running one of the Farmfoods branches. This, the climax of the year, will see you running your own business for three months, managing a team of up to 40 people. 

You will have to draw on all of the knowledge and experience gained to date as well as your transferable skills from the military to work effectively, adopting a positive attitude as you motivate your team to overcome the daily challenges of running a successful business. 

Once you have this experience successfully under your belt you will be equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge and management experience to take on a permanent role managing a branch and at your final review & sign off meeting towards the end of the programme you will discuss opportunities for progressing your career with Farmfoods. 

Whether for you that means into larger branches, multi-site management, training, distribution, administration, commercial or any of the many other opportunities within Farmfoods you can be sure that the skills you have gained during your training will leave you well equipped to succeed. There really is a wealth of opportunities available by taking part in the MDP. 


APPLY – Your application should be your CV – demonstrating all you have to offer and your covering letter – explaining why you are the ideal candidate. 

CONTACT – Initially you will be contacted by a member of the Hire a Hero team to discuss your application during which time you will be offered the support of one of our individualised Career Coaches for ongoing support while you wait for your application to be processed. Your application will then be forwarded to the Farmfoods recruitment team. 

PREP – Ongoing support will be provided by your group career coach at all stages of interview with Farmfoods. 

INTERVIEW – Farmfoods MDP is a three stage interview process. This involves: a phone interview, a group assessment centre and an individual face-to-face interview. Preparation for all of the above will be provided by specialist Hire a Hero Career Coaches and supported by the Farmfoods MDP team. 

If you wish to discuss in more detail please contact a member of the Hire a Hero team:, 01495 366670. 

Find out more about the programme and APPLY NOW.

Application close date: 31st January 2018 

Hire a Hero are working in partnership with Bath Rugby Foundation supporting their Tackling Transition Programme. 

The programme aims to assist service leavers and veterans who are interested in a career in the sports industry. 

Broken in to two stages, at Stage 1 participants will gain an overview of careers available to them in the industry followed by the opportunity to gain qualifications to help them get there. These include: 

  • Safeguarding and Protecting Children 
  • Emergency First Aid at Work 
  • DBS Certificate 

As part of Stage 1, participants will also complete 40 hours of hands on work experience placements to gain some on-the-job experience. 

Stage 2 of the programme will give the opportunity to work towards and gain an England Rugby Coaching Award Level 2 qualification. 

There’s great scope in this programme as well as a lot of support along the way from organisations supporting Bath Rugby Foundation and Tackling Transition. 

Find out more about the programme and course dates: Tackling Transition. 

Two weeks ago today some of the Hire a Hero team and our supporters were taking part in the London Bridge Walk.

The 12 Bridges, 12 Bars, 12 Miles challenge was not just a fundraising event for Hire a Hero but also a 12 mile networking walk, visiting bars along the way and finishing with an extended networking event. Our team were joined by Hire a Hero supporter, Terence Moore and Hire a Hero Career Coach, Kevin French.

A total of £2000 was raised and we’ve also gathered some new vacancies which are and will be live on our job board for those who have served.

A big thank you to those who joined us for the walk and those who supported us on the day, our Ambassadors, Martin Lewis of NCPI Solutions who joined us on the walk and Ambassador, Ron Weekes of ACA Compliance who provided our walkers with their Hire a Hero branded polo shirts which really helped to advertise the event and promote Hire a Hero on the day.

You can still donate here:

If you’re interested in organising your own fundraising event, or attending a Hire a Hero arranged fundraising event then get in touch with our Development Officer, Axel:


As a charity, Hire a Hero rely heavily on our volunteers and dedicated supporters, who we can never thank enough for all the work they do. There are so many ways you can get involved in supporting Hire a Hero too:

Advertise a vacancy

Our job board is one of our most visited website pages and we receive a lot of applications for the vacancies we post on there. You can advertise for free on our job board and reach a huge amount of service leavers and veterans seeking employment. It’s simple to do and a great way to support those who have served. Not only they will benefit, you will too. Speak to our Development Officer:

Become a Career Coach

Our Career Coaches are a key way in which we support our service leavers and veterans. As a small team, they allow us to support more individuals and also provide lots of expertise and networks to those they work with. To become a Career Coach all you have to do is attend our one day training course. Find out more from our Military Liaison Officer:


Hire a Hero are self-funded charity, every bit of fundraising is really important to us and allows us to keep serving those who served us. From 5k runs to marathons and sky diving, whatever idea you have to challenge yourself you can raise funds for Hire a Hero while you do so. Take a look at our website for more info: FUNDRAISE FOR HIRE A HERO or contact the office team:

Share your networks

We really believe that the key to a successful transition is good friends, good networks and some good luck. We aim to help with all of the above. Over 60% of jobs are found through networking and we are always aiming to grow our contacts and friends for the benefit of our service leavers and veterans. If you don’t have the time to Career Coach but still want to help, sharing your expertise and network can often be all someone needs to get them on track in their transition. Contact out Military Liaison Officer to chat:

Recently one of our fundraisers got in touch to let us know he was aiming to take on the Fan Dance Challenge and raise funds for Hire a Hero.

With the challenge now compete and having raised £601.25, Rick tells us more about his experience:

“I have no military experience but I’m very interested and grateful for what they do. I took part in the Fan Dance Challenge because I have never done anything like this before and I wanted to see how far I could push myself and  to get an idea of what a soldier has to go through to get into the best Special Forces Regiment in the world.

I chose to raise money for Hire a Hero after a friend told me about the charity. After looking into what the charity can do for our service men and woman I had to do my bit….it was the least I could do.
The best bits of my challenge was the camaraderie with people helping each other and pushing each other along, and receiving my finnishers patch.The worst bit was coming back up Jacob’s ladder that was a real lung buster!
After I completed my challenge I felt a sense of achievement and proud that I could help our service men and woman by raising money for the charity hire a hero.”
A big thank you to Rick for chosing to support Hire a Hero.
You can still donate to his fundraising page: Rick Fan Dance Challenge

If you’re fundraising or want to fundraise for Hire a Hero click HERE.

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