Courses for Forces

Armed Forces and Veterans

Training and qualifications for transitioning armed forces personnel and veterans

Running Deer’s Courses for Forces Plus programme provided training and qualifications for transitioning armed forces personnel and veterans.

On a funded pilot we saw the majority of our students go on to find work in civvy street. We also created employment for four of our students who, having completed our mentoring programme, have gone on to support young people who are disengaged and at risk of exclusion.

Courses for Forces

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This course gives students an understanding of woodland management with all the elements of traditional rural skills, and green woodworking including carpentry, plus practical experience of working on real projects. 

Each course costs £8,970 for 6 participants and includes 8 weeks full time practical training in:

  • Carpentry and green woodworking including tool use, selecting wood, rip sawing, splitting and cleaving, hewing, chisels, using a shave horse and pole lathe, designing and completing their own woodwork project.

  • Woodland management including coppicing, coppice crafts such as hurdle making or charcoal burning, tree felling, timber processing, tree planting, tree and plant identification, conservation including introduction to working with heavy horses in a woodland environment.

  • Linear boundary management including traditional hedge laying, stone walling and waterways management.

Plus formal qualifications and training including:

  • First Aid in the Workplace Level 3
  • Chainsaw Maintenance and Cross cut licence

  • Chainsaw Small Tree Felling licence

  • Leadership and Mentoring training

  • Employability workshops

If you are a local or national business interested in sponsoring our Courses for Forces programme please contact us.

Courses for Forces

£8970.00Sponsor this course!
If you are a local or national business and would like to sponsor our Courses for Forces course contact us.

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What veterans say about our Courses for Forces programme...

  • “Everyone, and I mean everyone should take this course. It’s great fun, very cathartic and gives you a sense of belonging whilst renewing your appreciation for nature”
    Harry Student
  • "Running Deer do so much for veterans like myself! Thank you Jo and the rest of the team for changing my life."
    Pete Devon and Dorsets
  • "The last eight weeks have been eye-opening for myself in what I can do and achieve! The team at Running Deer have helped me massively in my recovery."
    Dave 2nd Royal Tank Regiment
  • "From the moment I crossed the threshold into the woods my life changed for the better!"
    Jim RAF