From Bergen to Briefcase, AIG aids military transition

AIG recently invited Endeavour Fund beneficiaries – wounded, injured and sick Service Personnel – to attend a workshop at our London office, designed to equip them with some basic job-hunting skills to aid their transition from the ‘Bergen’ (military back-packs) to the ‘briefcase.’

AIG opened its doors to a small group of Endeavour Fund beneficiaries, bringing new meaning to our partnership, which focuses on supporting the Endeavour Fund in its work with rehabilitating and reintegrating wounded, injured and sick ex-Service Personnel into civilian life through sport.

AIG UK’s Learning & Development team joined forces with Animated Enterprises, one of AIG’s trusted training vendors, to arrange a training workshop – from Bergen to Briefcase – for a group of seven Endeavour Fund Beneficiaries (and Chester the dog!) where they gathered insights and learned practical skills needed to face the challenges of transition into the business world.

The workshop covered some basic elements of an individual’s job search, including:

· What’s In a CV? – delivered by AIG

Everything you’ll need to add to your CV Building and Cover Letter Toolkit

· The Interview – You’re hired! – delivered by AIG

From the one-on-one interview to the group assessment center – here’s what you’ll need to shine!

· Prepping for the Business World – delivered by Paul Warden, Animated Enterprises

Become the ultimate interview candidate with coaching sessions on communication styles, body language & emotional intelligence, persuasive speaking and many more.

Sarah Davies, Endeavour Fund Lead, AIG, explained: “Following the success of the UK’s L&D Roadshow back in February this year, we wanted to do something similar for the Endeavour Fund in support of our joint quest of ‘reducing fear of the future’ by providing training and coaching into the business world beyond the military.

“Sian Parr, L&D consultant and I worked closely and with Paul from Animated Enterprises to put together the pilot program. The feedback has been great and we are looking forward to potentially rolling this out as a quarterly program.”

Following the day’s training, AIG staff had the opportunity to attend a networking evening with the participants to hear about their experience at the workshop.

David Wiseman from The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry and Paul also shared insights on how the training can potentially make a significant difference, both in terms of building confidence and facilitating networks.

John Baggs, PAX Lead at AIG, who attended the evening networking event, said, “It was really interesting to hear about the day and the positive feedback from the participants.”

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