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MCI workstreams

The MCI Partnership currently manages eight workstreams.

The MOD's announcement on Army 2020 and the Army Basing Plan outlined the number of troops returning from Germany and around £1bn investment by MOD. 20th Armoured Brigade with more than 4,000 troops will relocate from Germany to the Salisbury Plain area by 2020. Other infrastructure investment, including health, transport and education in the Salisbury Plain area will be included as part of the programme. This includes building some 900 family homes for service personnel and their families, and in the Bulford, Upavon, Tidworth, Perham Down and Larkhill camps, providing single living accommodation for some 3,000 soldiers together with new offices, mess facilities and technical facilities.

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Technical training for the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers commended at the Defence College of Technical Training in October 2015. The construction contract for the first stage of work, worth around £121m, was awarded to Hercules, a joint venture of Kier and Balfour Beatty in December 2013. Further development at the site is planned. The workstream will continue to provide a forum for MOD and Wiltshire Council to liaise on the most appropriate development for this site, to ensure it is consistent with the Wiltshire Core Strategy.

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The Wiltshire Community Covenant was first launched in August 2011. The aim of the covenant is to encourage local communities to support the service community and enhance understanding and awareness among the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community. It was ratified by Wiltshire at the Wiltshire Assembly in December 2013, and re-signed by Wiltshire Council, the MoD and representatives from industry and the public and voluntary sectors in March 2017 at MoD Lyneham.

The current Wiltshire Armed Forces Covenant and a full list of signatories can be found in the download section.

The workstream completed the following tasks in 2016:

  • Refresh and rebrand the existing covenant to encompass the community, veterans and corporate elements under one overarching Wiltshire Armed Forces Covenant.
  • Review the local arrangements for administering and supporting bids to the Covenant Fund to ensure that all applications meet the new criteria and maximise the potential benefits of the grant to the whole county.
  • Work with The Royal British Legion for (including but not limited to) housing, benefits, leisure, adult social care and mental health to develop a way of working together in partnership. The aim would be to offer and improve support given to veterans with particular needs. This could be achieved by setting up a pathway for veterans approaching the council with particular needs, being referred to TRBL for specialist support.
  • Recommend any changes to human resources policy regarding the employment of veterans, reservists or military spouses and partners as set out in the covenant
  • Look for opportunities to enhance military civilian integration outside of projects being supported with covenant funding.
  • To expand the scope of the current workstream to review the position of military families' role in fostering 

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The main purpose is to support the employment aspirations of service leavers and military dependants and explore ways they can attain new skills that will be valued by local employers so they can secure jobs appropriate to their valuable skills attained through military life. Inspire (insert link) is a business support service which works in collaboration with MOD’s Careers Transition Partnership.

Higher Futures is a Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) initiative to unlock the economic potential of the military presence and use the skills of Armed Forces veterans, reservists and their dependents to support business growth. SWLEP and the MCI are working in collaboration to achieve these outcomes. Higher Futures is manged jointly by Swindon Borough Council and Wiltshire Council.

The proposal is to establish a SWLEP Higher Futures is a skills brokerage for Armed Forces service leavers and local employees to benefit from higher university level education provision co-designed with local businesses. Over its lifetime, it is predicted that delivery of this initiative will achieve:

18,000 individuals trained locally to NVQ level 4, HND/Degree and above (7,000 service leavers and 11,000 local employees) and support for the recruitment of reservists locally.

The development of a new University Campus of Swindon and Wiltshire, capable of delivering flexible higher level provision from partnerships with best-in-class higher education institutions from around the country.

Find out more about Swindon and Wiltshire Higher Futures.

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The Enterprise Network (TEN) takes a new approach to rural economic development that aims to nurture new and developing businesses with growth potential through their formative stages; raise entrepreneurial confidence and ambition; and support military leavers and military partners who are keen to start or grow a business in Swindon and Wiltshire.

There are four enterprise centres at Castledown Business Park, Ludgershall; Old Fire Station, Salisbury; Manor House, Royal Wootton Bassett; and White Horse Business Park, Trowbridge. These have been opened across Wiltshire for small or start-up businesses to flourish and grow. A further six enterprise centres, run by private sector partners at 3D Enterprise Centre, Wiltshire College; Shambles Retail Incubator, Devizes; Elcot Park, Marlborough; Butts Business Centre, Chiseldon; Glove Factory Studios, Holt; and Enterprise Centre, Tisbury; have been supported, providing the ideal environment for business to thrive.

The Enterprise Network offers: offices, hot desks and co-working space, free business support and advice, information about any available business grants, meeting/training rooms, business networking and virtual office facilities. There have been a number of events to support enterprise among the military community. This workstream has also been supported by Inspire.

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We lead on best practice with other garrisons with MCI partnerships (nationally and regionally) to ensure MCI groups across the UK can learn lessons from each other to improve integration.

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Following two successful programmes of funding, Sustain the Plain (2002-2007) and Plain Action (2008-2013), further funding was awarded for 2015 -2021 for Plain Action and for a new Local Action Group (LAG) Vale Action based on the A350 corridor. Both areas have been awarded £1.380m and £1.372m respectively.. The programme will be targeted at creating jobs and improving the economy in rural areas through six priorities: Support for increasing farm productivity, support for micro and small enterprises and farm diversification, support for rural tourism, provision of rural services, support for cultural and heritage activity, and support for increasing forestry productivity.

The whole of Wiltshire will be covered by six LAGs; North Wessex Downs LAG, Heart of Wessex LAG, Cotswold LAG, Plain Action LAG and Vale Action LAG.

Recent achievements

  • Since November 2015, all the Local Action Groups in Wiltshire have been issuing Outline Application Forms. All those enquiring about funding were sent an outline application pack.
  • Plain Action and Vale Action have received over £3.7m of requests for funding from 140 enquiries. This is some £1.3m over what is available.
  • Meetings have been held by the Plain Action and Vale Action Partnership Management Groups.
  • Staff attended the National Launch Event in October
  • Programme Staff have received training on the appraisal process for the full application.
  • Agreements between Defra /Accountable Body, Accountable Body / LAG and Accountable Body / Managing Agent have been signed by all parties.
  • The final versions of all the operation manuals and forms for grant applications have been received.
  • The Outline Application form guidance prepared by the Plain Action Programme manager has been adopted as the national document.
  • Over the 2 and 3 December Plain Action hosted a visit by 16 Polish members and staff from Local Action Groups in Poland.

Full details of the Leader scheme.

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We help manage events relating to culture and heritage (e.g. WWI commemorations), which promote the military contribution to society.


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Last updated: 6 April 2017 | Last reviewed: 6 April 2017