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Jobs market faces military stampede

Jobs market faces military stampede

EXPERTS at a specialist company that helps ex-military personnel back into civilian life are bracing themselves for a major business offensive.

Leicester-based Gemini Forces is anticipating a surge in the numbers of military personnel leaving the Forces and entering the civilian jobs market. It has come amid reports that several British Army regiments could be facing the axe over defence funding.

Gemini Forces specialises in helping ex-Services personnel find employment when they return to civilian life. It has helped countless ex-Services personnel make the seamless transition to civilian life, finding employment in an array of industry sectors including Health & Safety, environmental, aviation, facilities management, project management and defence consultancy sectors.

Harry Dean, Gemini Forces director who served in the Army for 30 years, said: Reports have suggested that several regiments could pay the price when the comprehensive spending review is announced in October. This could potentially lead to a huge influx of ex-military personnel looking for jobs in the civilian market which is where Gemini Forces expertise can help make that transition as smooth as possible.

The company is already making preparations with Drivers Direct, working together as the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS), by staging a major event at Aldershot on September 16.

It is aimed at helping past, present and future service leavers and their family members access a range of support organisations and find meaningful employment. It will also include practical help in areas such as CV writing.
The BFRS staged its inaugural event in March this year which proved to be a great success and organisers are expecting the September event to prove even more popular.

Mr Dean added: The last BFRS event was a resounding success, giving service leavers and their families a forum to meet recruiters specifically looking for their skill sets and experiences. With the comprehensive spending review on the horizon the next event couldnt be more timely, with many Forces personnel facing an uncertain future.

Our aim is to help potential service leavers identify their future options and make them aware of the training packages they are entitled to when leaving. All of this is done in an informal environment which will benefit both attendees and exhibitors alike.

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