Wigan jobseekers are targeted by the Army


A CAMPAIGN to attract thousands of new recruits to the British Army will target job seekers in Wigan.

A series of Jobcentre Plus recruitment clinics start this week, as new research reveals unemployed people are only half as likely as those already working to consider a job in the Army.

According to research commissioned by the British Army, just one in 20 unemployed people said they would consider signing up to the Army, compared with one in 10 employed people who said they viewed it as a potential career choice.

The Army’s new campaign – ‘More than Meets the Eye’ – aims to highlight the huge range of full-time and part-time careers available, with thousands of different roles on offer across hundreds of jobs. Some of the jobs currently open to new recruits include bricklayers, communications specialists, logistics, drivers, welders, veterinary technicians, musicians, environment health technicians, health care assistants and infantry soldiers.

Jobcentre Plus in the North West is supporting the British Army in its recruitment drive, and will be hosting clinics at various Jobcentre Plus locations throughout January.

People will be able to speak to serving members of the Regular Army and Army Reserve, get more information about the wide variety of roles available to new recruits and find out about the online application process. Potential recruits will be able to talk to local careers advisors about what they could gain from joining the Army.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, Director of Training and Recruitment for the British Army, said: “Regardless of their skills or background, young people who are interested in taking on a challenging and exciting new career should look at the hundreds of opportunities we have across the Army and Army Reserve. “

Anyone aged upward of 16 can apply for a job in the Army, or 18 for the Army Reserve, regardless of background, skills, or experience. There is no one type of person that the Army is looking to recruit.

The local clinics take place at Wigan Jobcentre at Brocol House in King Street, this week, until Friday, between 10am and 2pm, and in Leigh, at the Jobcentre plus office in Roydale House in Windermere Road, between 10am and 2pm.