Walking With The Wounded

AIS Training is helping national veterans’ charity, ‘Walking with the Wounded’, retrain former military personnel for a new start in life.

Walking with the Wounded helps military veterans get back on their feet. The charity has been operational in the North East since July 2018 but next year will open its first veterans hub in Gateshead.

One of the charity’s aims is to help veterans find new employment after military life. Now the charity has linked up with AIS Training to help veterans interested in a new offshore career get the necessary skills.

Josh Tindle

The first to benefit through the North East branch of Walking with the Wounded is former Navy diver, Josh Tindle.

Josh was in the Royal Navy for five-and-a-half years but struggled to adapt to life on civvy street after leaving in 2017.

Thanks to funding from Walking with the Wounded, Josh is currently training for an offshore oil and gas career. With an OPITO-approved Basic Offshore Safety Induction and Emergency Training (BOSIET) and OPITO-approved Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST) qualification already under his belt, Josh is now completing an OPITO Banksman and Slinger Stage 1 course.

After the course he hopes to secure a job working offshore.

Lynsey Cordiner, employment adviser at Walking with the Wounded, said: “We are delighted to help Josh get back on his feet and start on his path to a brand-new career and future. AIS Training has been brilliant and couldn’t have been more helpful in both booking and delivering the training for Josh. The offshore sector has a lot of synergies with military life such as working away from home so many veterans find it an ideal choice as a second career. We wish Josh every success in the future and we’ll be supporting him every step of the way.”