Elearning company seeks ex-military talent at jobs fair

Posted on Jun 01, 2015


A special employment fair, aimed at South West military personnel leaving the Armed Forces, is being supported by Plymouth-based elearning company, Sponge.

Sponge will be joining employers from across the region at the event which seeks to put companies in touch with skilled service personnel who are about to leave, or have recently left, the military.

The award-winning elearning provider is one of a handful of employers in the Plymouth area to be given an award by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in recognition of its efforts to support ex-military personnel who are moving into civilian life.

Managing Director of Sponge, Louise Pasterfield, said:

“We’ve been working for several months with partner organisations to raise awareness among personnel leaving military service about the exciting opportunities at Sponge.  The employment fair is a chance to meet people face-to-face and share our passion for elearning – an industry most people in the Armed Forces will probably never have considered as a civilian career.  The military has a reputation for producing highly-motivated, committed and capable individuals, and these are attributes we also value at Sponge.  I hope we’ll be able to inspire the people attending the event to think about how their particular skills and talent might transfer into our growing sector.”

The employment fair takes place at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol on Thursday, June 18.

It’s organised by Career Transition Partnership (CTP) which works with the MOD to provide resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines.

Sponge, based at Plymouth Science Park, creates bespoke online training for major companies and organisations including the United Nations, the NHS, Tesco, Toyota and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

The company aims to create around 50 new jobs this year as part of ongoing expansion plans, and is currently recruiting for learning designers, elearning solutions advisors, elearning developers, visual designers and a financial controller.

The demand for elearning is increasing globally with the worldwide market expected to be worth around £48 billion by 2018.

Sponge was named Elearning Development Company of the Year at the Elearning Awards 2014 and is bronze winner of Learning Provider of the Year at the Learning Awards 2015.

In January, the company was presented with a Bronze Award as part of the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme which rewards UK employers for their support and commitment towards the Armed Forces.

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