Employing armed forces leavers

Armed forces leavers are skilled, disciplined, hardworking and can make a contribution to your business

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If you’re looking to recruit, then those leaving the armed forces come with the technical and practical skills that your business needs.

Ex-military personnel are:

  • skilled, disciplined and hard-working, meaning they can make an immediate contribution with only minimal training
  • used to working closely in a team environment and delivering results under pressure
  • able to make an immediate contribution and need only minimal training
  • trained to be flexible and are used to getting the job done wherever they are needed

All of that means recruiting ex-military personnel a cost-effective and immediate way to boost the capabilities, efficiency and productivity of your business. 

Visit the Career Transition Partnership and discover how to get access to a large range of highly skilled and capable potential employees for free.

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Case Studies

Gemma Richards - Morgan Sindall Group PLC

"His military background has meant that he has exceptional leadership skills. He has a real commitment to excellence."

Oliver Turner - Land Lease


Oliver, 27, from Colchester, served in the Royal Engineers from April 2005 until August 2011. Before joining up, he had begun a career in the construction industry as a carpenter, but decided to join the army to challenge himself and develop his skills.

Oliver served in Canada, Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus. He seized the training and development opportunities the Army has to offer, developing his carpentry and electrical skills.

After leaving the Army, Oliver initially worked as self-employed carpenter, before returning to working on bigger projects in a larger team. He currently works as a construction manager for Lend Lease in London.

He said, “The work I did in the army and the work I am doing in the civilian construction industry have many similarities, with many of the same structures and processes in place.

“Returning to construction was the natural choice for me, and gives me a chance to use all the skills I picked up in the armed forces.”

Andy Parker - Morgan Sindall

Andy served as a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force (RAF) for 27 years before retiring in 2010. As part of the RAF Infrastructure Branch, Andy was responsible, as a programme and project manager, for overseeing construction projects including new aircraft hangars, the resurfacing of major RAF runways, and the construction of accommodation at UK bases.

He also undertook an MSc in Facilities Management at Leeds Metropolitan University and studied for qualifications through the Association of Project Management.

On retiring from the RAF, Andy set about developing his CV with help from the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and in 2010 he became Director of Defence at Morgan Sindall.

Andy has overall responsibility for Morgan Sindall’s defence construction, ensuring it is delivered on time and to the highest quality whilst providing excellent customer service.

He said, “I have brought a number of skills from my military career, including strong leadership and management, integrity and discipline. I have learnt how to adapt all of these skills to best effect in the private sector.

“Although moving into the private sector created a huge challenge, it was reassuring to know that along with my civilian qualifications, my service experience and training was of value to a leading UK construction and infrastructure business.” 

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