FORMER military personnel in Herefordshire have the chance to become a provider of security training for free as a firm pays the £1,440 required to set up.

Get Licences, the UK’s number one course finder for licence linked courses is keen to use military veterans’ expertise to further raise industry standards, while at the same time easing their transition from frontline to civvy street.

Anyone with three or more years’ frontline experience in the Army, Royal Navy or RAF can apply for the grant – with the successful candidates’ training costs covered.

The role involves training people for a wide variety of Security Industry Authority (SIA) approved roles within the expanding sector - including security guards, CCTV operators and door supervisors – while Get Licensed provides access to thousands of candidates.

Get Licensed will also register the successful candidates with a training body award, provide all necessary training equipment, including laptop and projector, provide all training content and material and create a custom-made professional CV.

Training tutor Neal Thomas is a former sergeant in the Coldstream Guards who believes it’s an ideal business opportunity for those leaving the military.

He said: “I left the army after 15 years, I found it difficult to re-adjust to civilian life and then the opportunity arose to work in the security industry and with Get Licensed.

“It was quite difficult starting out due to having to complete all the relevant courses. Get Licensed is not only funding this for ex-forces but will also offer the necessary support during the whole process.

“If you are preparing to leave the military and are thinking about a career, then I really recommend using your expert knowledge in the security industry. For me, it’s been a wonderful opportunity.”

Training expert Anthony Milner of Get Licensed added in addition to the transferable skills, veterans are focused and have a good work ethic.