A day in the life of....

Samantha Goodman, Armed Forces Development Officer, tells us more about her role.

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I’ve worked for Colchester Borough Council since May 2016, when I joined the Community Development team. Prior to working at CBC, I have worked as a training Manager for both the Woolwich and Barclays, and at Colchester Institute sourcing training for businesses.

My current role is as an Armed Forces Development Officer, a 2 year role that was created as a result of a successful bid to the Ministry Of Defence Covenant Fund. The role started in July 2017 and involves working across 3 Councils – Tendring, Braintree and Colchester. The role looks at how we are currently delivering the Covenant and whether there is scope for improvements. There are 3 main objectives of the role:

  • To produce dedicated webpages
  • To deliver training for front line staff within the 3 Councils
  • To improve the ways, we capture data on our local armed forces community

I am absolutely loving this role and project – it enables me to stand back and look at what can be implemented to make a real change for our local Armed Forces Community. I’ve met with lots of members of our armed forces community to understand what they can offer employers and our community and have formed links with partners so they can support the armed forces activity we are doing.

The last few months have been really busy, alongside working to promote the Covenant to local businesses and organisations, I’ve implemented a mentoring scheme at Colchester Borough Council to support the induction of those transitioning from military to civilian workplace. I’ve also put in place a Work Placement Scheme at CBC and there are now placement opportunities in several service areas for the wounded, injured and sick (those being medically discharged from the military), and also for Veterans being supported through Project Nova to help them back into sustained employment. We’ve also achieved the Bronze Award through the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme. In addition to all of this I’m continuously making sure each of the Councils are doing everything they can to be Forces Friendly Employers.

I really enjoy working for the Council – I work with a great team of very supportive colleagues, which makes for a friendly working environment and lots of social activities out of working hours. The flexible working ethos at the Council is fantastic too, and invaluable when you have a young family.

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