School leavers due to find out their GCSE results on Thursday, August 21, are invited to attend one of the Army’s regional careers clinics to find out about the career opportunities available.
The careers clinics are part of a nationwide campaign to showcase the wide range of jobs available in the Army.
School leavers and their parents are invited to meet serving members of the Army and senior Army careers advisors to talk about the hundreds of different roles available – from fixing helicopters and building bridges, to driving tanks – as well as the valuable training soldiers can receive, such as apprenticeships.
The Army has teamed up with local Reserve units to host the careers clinics.
Two of these will be at Army Careers Centres in Salisbury and Bristol, on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22.
The British Army is the UK’s biggest apprenticeship provider, with over 43 different apprenticeship options to choose from and a success rate exceeding the UK national average by 15 per cent.
All new recruits are automatically enrolled on to an apprenticeship programme and every year around 5,000 soldiers complete their schemes, benefiting from valuable qualifications and skills for the rest of their working lives.
New recruits can study at Level 2, which is the equivalent of five GCSEs, or Level 3, which is the equivalent of two A-level qualifications.
Major Lizzie Bowman, senior careers advisor at the Salisbury centre, said: “School leavers picking up their exam results will be thinking about what they should do next, which can be daunting straight out of school and especially if they don’t want to immediately go into higher education.
"That’s why the Army has launched a series of careers clinics, so that students can come along and talk to both careers advisors and serving soldiers about the options available once they get their results.
“There are hundreds of different job opportunities to choose from in the Army, as contrary to what many people think, there’s much more to the Army than combat.
"Students can learn to become engineers, chefs, musicians and mechanics, gaining valuable qualifications as well as the opportunity to build on their fitness and travel the world.
"Students and parents are welcome to pop along to any of the clinics throughout the week to find out if a career in the Army is for them.”
The Army’s current recruitment campaign – ‘More than Meets the Eye’ – aims to highlight the huge range of full-time careers available in the British Army, with thousands of different roles on offer across hundreds of jobs.
Some of the jobs open to new recruits include bricklayers, communications specialists, logistics, drivers, IT technicians, HR specialists, veterinary technicians, musicians, environment health technicians, health care assistants and infantry soldiers.
For more information about the exciting full-time and part-time job opportunities with the Army, visit: www.Army.mod.uk, search ‘Army Jobs’ or call 0845 600 8080.