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Government Offers Veterans More Civil Service Employment Opportunities

A new scheme guarantees any veteran who meets the minimum requirements for a job will move on to the next stage of selection.

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A new initiative has been launched aiming to make it easier for veterans to secure employment in the Civil Service.

Known as the 'Great Place to Work for Veterans', the scheme will see recruitment campaigns in the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office include an option for veterans to apply under the initiative.

Any veteran who opts into the scheme and meets the minimum criteria for a role will be guaranteed to move on to the next stage of selection.

Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, said: "The Office for Veterans' Affairs has been established to push the veterans agenda across government. 

"It's fantastic that the Civil Service is leading the way in offering more opportunities to veterans."

There will be no time limit for those leaving the military on when they can use the initiative, with hopes the scheme will encourage more veterans to join the Civil Service.

There is no time limit on when personnel leaving the military can utilise the scheme (Picture: MOD).

Lee Bushby, veteran and civil servant, said there can be a "misunderstanding of wealth and depth of talent a veteran can bring to the table".

"When I reflect back on my career, I can see that resilience was a key skill that the Army gave me and this, alongside my leadership and strategic planning experience... gave me the tools I needed to succeed in my second career," he said.

The new scheme expands on the 'Going Forward into Employment' programme, which is designed to veterans and their spouses into junior Civil Service roles.

The new initiative will open up roles within the Civil Service to former personnel across the UK.

David Richmond, Director of the Office for Veterans' Affairs and a former Commanding Officer of 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland, said his military training served him "extremely well" in his civilian career.

"The Great Place to Work for Veterans scheme will encourage more veterans to join the Civil Service and to continue to serve the country in a new role."

Cover image: British Army.