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Having Trouble Getting Work?

If you've left the Armed Forces and you're struggling to get a job, then the Legion can help.  We also help partners of serving and ex-Service personnel to improve their skills and find employment.

Civvy Street

After a successful career in the Forces, you're looking for a new start - but who can guide you to discovering your potential and finding a fulfilling and rewarding job?

Civvy Street is a Royal British Legion sponsored website that has been designed exclusively to help members of the ex-Service community find information and advice in making a smooth transition from Forces to civilian life, training and work possibilities.  There are also links to other relevant and useful websites.

For those who would like extra support, Civvy Street can offer one-to-one careers and employment guidance online or via a freephone helpline.  CV Builder can help you create a winning CV and show you how to distribute it to your maximum advantage.  You also have access to online Employment Fairs with chat rooms for job seekers and employers to talk to each other.  There's a frequently asked questions (FAQ) section and other tools that are aids to overcoming barriers to job opportunities.

If you are about to leave the Forces, or have already left and are exploring the job market, give yourself an advantage with Civvy Street.  This service is only available online.

Helpline:  0800 169 4073

Be the Boss

If you want to build up an existing business, or even start one from scratch, the Legion can help you.  Our Be the Boss scheme provides information, funding and mentoring for ex-Service personnel who want to work for themselves.  The scheme is open to anyone who has left the Armed Forces since 7th October 2001.

Barry O'Connell, 31, London, is an Afghanistan war veteran who served between 1998-2011 as a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal Marines:

"The Be the Boss scheme helped me to secure the funding required to establish a training studio for State of Mind Fitness in order to develop the business.  It is a fantastic scheme that I will continue to work with."

As well as funding to help start or grow a business, you will receive training and support through business health checks and one-to-one mentoring.

For more information, visit www.civvystreet.org/betheboss or
email: betheboss@britishlegion.org.uk

Forces Employment Charity

The Forces Employment Charity provides life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, regardless of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

The Forces Employment Charity's simple aim, since 1885, has been to help those leaving the Armed Forces to find and to remain in employment throughout their working lives. This is done as part of the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) for up to two years after discharge and thereafter is done on behalf of the Service Benevolence Funds.

Our Employment Consultants have the ability to 'connect-the-dots' between military skills and the job market and we have a unique understanding of what you are looking for.

For more information, visit https://www.forcesemployment.org.uk/.