Supporting Service Leavers as they transition into work

Approximately 13,000 people leave the UK Armed Forces and make the transition to civilian life each year. At ManpowerGroup, we’re proud to play a vital support role in their career journey from the military to the civilian world.

All those who leave will have different personal circumstances and career goals but the adjustment from the military environment to the civilian world is an issue common to all. While this presents a challenge, it is also a chance to take stock and focus on the opportunities and possibilities that lie ahead.

Making the transition into work

Right Management, the global career experts within ManpowerGroup, is proud to deliver the Ministry of Defence’s resettlement programme: the Career Transition Partnership (CTP). Having recently secured a multi-million pound contract following ten years of successful delivery, Right Management provides support to all those who leave the Armed Forces.

From creating a CV through to learning interview skills, plus researching and applying for jobs – to date, the CTP has supported the transition of 180,000 Service leavers into civilian life. Additionally, the CTP acts as an intermediary service for organisations that recognise the benefits of recruiting from the ex-military talent pool.

Jilko Andringa, Right Management, Group Executive Vice President Europe, said: “ManpowerGroup knows from experience that Service personnel have the highly valued attributes, skills and expertise that employers require, especially when so many companies are experiencing skills shortages.

“Our Teachable Fit model advocates hiring not just on existing skillsets but also on the capability to learn. Service personnel are a fantastic example of how companies today can boost talent pipelines and achieve sustained success.”

Service Leavers: a rich source of talent

More and more employers are discovering the rich source of talent Service leavers offer to businesses. The Armed Forces equips its employees with a vast range of skills applicable to many industry sectors, and Service leavers enter the civilian job market with a wide variety of formal qualifications, soft skills, and experiences that are not only relevant but are highly valued by employers.

Dr Ralf Speth, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover said: “Service leavers are an excellent talent pool for Jaguar Land Rover. We believe that there is a close alignment between our company’s own values and attitudes, and the unstoppable persistence of Armed Forces veterans.”

Meanwhile, Ian McCubbin, Senior Vice President, GlaxoSmithKline North America, Japan and Global Pharma Supply, said: “GSK’s values and the military values are fully aligned and we believe people who enjoyed and succeeded in a military field will personally succeed in GSK and return much to the company. By working closely with the Career Transition Partnership, we can ensure everyone making the move is fully supported.”

From large multi-national organisations to local SMEs, employers across a wide range of industry sectors look to the CTP for a recruitment service that’s streamlined, effective and, most importantly, introduces them to candidates who they know can do the job.

For further information about how the CTP can help you access the ex-military talent pool through their no-cost recruitment service, visit:

This article first appeared in the fifth edition of The Human Age newspaper – to read the full publication, click here.