09:36 Tuesday 21 January 2014

Army recruitment drive is launched

Written bySARAH BOULD

A CAMPAIGN to attract thousands of new recruits to the British Army will target job-seekers in Burton and South Derbyshire.

Research commissioned by the British Army showed just one in 20 unemployed people said they would consider signing up to the Army, compared with one in 10 employed people who said they viewed it as a potential career choice.

The Army’s new campaign, ‘more than meets the eye’, aims to highlight the huge range of full-time and part-time careers available, with thousands of different roles on offer across hundreds of jobs.

Some of the positions currently open to new recruits include bricklayers, communications specialists, logistics workers, drivers, welders, veterinary technicians, musicians, environment health technicians, healthcare assistants and infantry soldiers.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, director of training and recruitment for the British Army, said: “Regardless of their skills or background, young people who are interested in taking on a challenging and exciting new career should look at the hundreds of opportunities we have across the Army and Army Reserve. We want to do as much as we can to encourage potential recruits to come forward and find out more.

“There is so much more to learn in the Army and Army Reserve than combat and military skills, and we are always recruiting.

“With the support of Jobcentre Plus, these clinics will provide a great opportunity for us to reach out to job-seekers face to face and help them make the first step towards a successful Army career.”

At the clinics people will be able to speak to serving members of the regular Army and Army Reserve.

Burton’s Army Reserve centre at Coltman House, in Hawkins Lane, held a recruitment drive in November.

The 4th Mercian Regiment aims to recruit at least 45 troops by 2018.

Recruitment clinics will begin this week across the Midlands, with the closest clinic to Burton being held in Wolverhampton tomorrow.

More information can be found at army.mod.uk

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