11 Feb 2019

Ex-service personnel see increase in employment rates

New figures released by the Ministry of Defence have revealed that employment rates for ex-service personnel have risen.

The stats show that 88% are either back in employment, education, or volunteer work within 6 months of transitioning back into civilian life, following support from the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership (CTP).

Since its launch twenty years’ ago, the CTP has supported over 250,000 service leavers transitioning into the next stage of their careers for up to two years prior to leaving the Armed Forces.

In 2017/18, the employment rates of ex-forces personnel who leave service early – after four years or less – rose from 79% to 83%, thanks to the Future Horizons program, which provides a bespoke service to early leavers.

Ex-service personnel are just as likely to be employed as the general population, according to new figures published by the Ministry of Defence which show that the employment rate among veterans are recorded at 79% in line with the national average.

The new figures analyse the employment outcomes for those who have received support from the CTP, which provides career guidance through a range of career and employment support services including skills development workshops, vocational training courses, career consultancy, one-to-one sessions and job finding support.

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “Our Armed Forces embody a range of invaluable qualities, such as leadership and dedication, making them assets to any civilian organisation.

“It’s fantastic to see service leavers putting their skills to use in the civilian workplace, and I urge all employers to tap into this exceptional pool of talent.”

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