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'Guaranteed' Veterans' Job Interviews To Begin This Year

The Office for Veterans' Affairs says former personnel who apply for civil service roles will be guaranteed the chance to be interviewed.

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British military veterans are to receive guaranteed interviews for civil service jobs, beginning later this year.

The scheme is being launched by the Office for Veterans' Affairs, which says former personnel who apply for civil service roles will definitely get the chance to be interviewed.

The office says applicants will need to meet what it calls "basic minimum criteria" in order to get an interview.

The initiative, which is due to begin in the spring, was first announced in the Conservative Party's manifesto for the 2019 General Election.

Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer, said: "Service personnel are agile, strategic and excellent team players - a guaranteed interview will shine a light on these skills and help boost job prospects."

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, who represents the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) in Cabinet said: "The end of military service should not mean an end to serving our great country.

"From teamwork to problem-solving, our veterans have incredible skills and experience that employers on civvy street, and indeed Whitehall, are crying out for.

"I want to see even more of our ex-servicemen and women join the public sector so we all benefit from their talents."