Welcome to the Resettlement Page of OUR Regimental Website. As you think about leaving the Army, or having done so, and are contemplating your future job prospects we hope that this site will act as a useful point of reference to get you started. There are many organisations out there to help you, but beware some are only interested in their own financial gain. This site will point you in the direction of certain organisations which are “social enterprises”, meaning that they are specifically designed to assist veterans in furthering their civilian careers at little or no financial gain as most are supported by Forces charities.
| STEP 1
Before signing off or resigning your commission you should speak to the Regimental Careers Management Officer (RCMO) or the Adjutant to inform him of your intention to leave to allow him to thoroughly discuss your options. If you are adamant that “Civvy Street” is your ultimate goal you will be asked to sign the necessary paperwork which will include serving out a Notice period not likely to be more than 12 months. From this point onwards JSP 534, The Tri-Service Resettlement and Employment Support Manual will be your bible to your entitlements and how to go about preparing yourself in terms of further qualifications.
| STEP 2
Once fully engaged in the leaving process you will be in regular contact with the Career Transition Partnership(CTP), a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence and Right Management Ltd, which provides resettlement services for those leaving the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving. To date the CTP has assisted over 180,000 Service leavers with the transition to civilian life and supported thousands of organisations looking to employ ex-Service personnel.
| STEP 3
In your final months of paid service you should try to attend as many resettlement courses as you are able to endeavouring to widen your employability. At the same time you will be starting the job search process. You will have received guidance on how to prepare your CV from the CTP, and there is a skill in tailoring your standard CV for specific roles/jobs. Should you need further help with this a number of the social enterprises listed below can assist in this vital area. Recruitment Consultants/Companies should be used with care, this is their business and their aim is to make money; that is not to say that many do not do an excellent job. Indeed, a good many ex-army personnel find employment themselves in such organisations because they are good at assessing people and matching them to the right job. However, recruitment companies receive a commission for each job filled and the sum is often 20-30% of the Year 1 salary usually paid by the employer but often the candidate will also be required to pay a considerable fee. Initially, you should do your utmost to seek out job opportunities yourself using your own contacts and through networking. However, for further assistance there are a number of Social Enterprise (non-profit-making) organisations which can offer much.
| STEP 4
Have a look at the following websites which will open all sorts of further opportunities and improve your prospects when searching for that perfect job: