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5000 highly skilled workers set to attend major online military recruitment fair

5,000 highly skilled workers set to attend major online military recruitment fair

UK’s largest online military recruitment event, specifically designed for personnel leaving the Armed Forces, will take place on Tuesday 30th July and Tuesday 6th August 2013. Organised by the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the CTP Online Careers Fair will offer employers the opportunity to connect with highly skilled and experienced professionals who are ready to make the transition from military life into the civilian workplace.

The 5,000 Service leavers who are set to attend the event are from a wide range of professions including engineers, logisticians and drivers – suitable for key sectors that repeatedly report a lack of available skilled candidates. The online nature of the recruitment fair will enable employers to reach a large number of candidates from across the UK as well as those who are out on operation tours in Afghanistan and other overseas assignments.

Every year, over 20,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces, offering a wide range of transferable skills, training and experience for prospective employers.  For example:

Energy & Utilities– Military personnel have significant experience in working within harsh and challenging environments at multiple sites where health and safety awareness is key. Suitable roles for Service leavers with these skills include network operatives, gas service/network engineers, wind turbine technicians and overhead line workers.

Transport and Logistics– The Armed Forces are at the leading edge of logistics, able to move personnel and equipment to remote regions of the world at short notice. Service leavers are suitable for a number of roles from driving trucks to procuring equipment and managing technical store warehouses.

Engineering – Military engineering experience and expertise combined with command and leadership qualities of communication and analytical problem solving mean that Service leavers can  provide a valuable source of talent for engineering firms

Security – Service leavers have security at the heart of their operations and this experience and  mind set makes for a smooth transition into security roles, particularly in maritime, aviation and close protection. Using an innovative online platform, hosted by UBM, the CTP Online Careers Fair provides a new approach to traditional careers fairs. Employers will be able to connect with candidates based on their profiles and searchable details which include previous employment and experience. Organisations will also have their own online & lsquo;booth’ where they will be able to have a virtual chat with Service leavers, update their company profile, videos and available jobs.

David Duffy, Managing Director of the CTP said: “The Armed Forces are well known for the significant investment they make in the technical, management and leadership skills of their personnel.  Our online event gives employers the opportunity to tap into this pool talent and explore the skills and experience of thousands of Service leavers.  Apart from ease of access, the online event is a far more cost effective way for employers to reach a high number of  exceptional candidates.”

Olivia Garfield, Chief Executive of Openreach, adds: “Employers looking for specific skills can really benefit from tapping into this talent pool - our latest recruitment campaign through the CTP resulted in 87% success. We need people who are able to operate in highly challenging environment and found that Service leavers are flexible and prepared to travel at short notice whilst having a disciplined approach to work and a very positive attitude. Even the younger recruits are a lot more mature.”

Employers can advertise their vacancies to Service Leavers by registering on the CTP website With no cost for advertising vacancies and no placement fee, the CTP offers employers the opportunity to access a valuable talent pool whilst making considerable savings on recruitment costs.

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