Amazon Supports Veteran Recruitment at Our York Event

The international brand was one of a diverse range of employers to speak at the OA Employment Symposium. Gillian Russell, Military Program Manager at Amazon EU and a former Royal Navy Logistics Officer, is passionate about recruiting people with a military background. Like the other employers who attended, Gillian discussed the opportunities available to veterans, […]

19th July 2018

Female Veterans Face Extra Barriers to Civilian Employment

Research from the Barclays AFTER (Armed Forces Transition, Employment & Resettlement) Programme shows that Service leavers often face ignorance and prejudice when job hunting, with women experiencing this to an even greater extent. On average, it takes a veteran four months to find a civilian job, rising to five months for female veterans. Upon further […]

18th July 2018

“You’re not racing for yourself but for your Service”

Commander Toby Clay, Royal Navy Triathlon Chairman, spoke to us ahead of the OA Inter-Services Triathlon. Tell us about yourself I’ve served in the Royal Navy for just over 22 years, and I am a Lynx helicopter pilot by background. I currently work in the Carrier Strike and Aviation Division of the Navy Command Headquarters. […]

16th July 2018

Army Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon Success

In 2017 the Army won all three team awards, both veteran individual awards and the fastest male officer award. The Male Team Captain, Major Edd Charlton-Weedy, spoke to us about competing in the championship. How many triathlons have you competed in? I’ve honestly lost count, but over 15 years of racing I’m confident the number […]

5th July 2018

It’s Armed Forces Day this Saturday, but we’re here for officers all year round…

This weekend celebrates the contributions made by the British military, including officers. The OA continues to support the officer community, whether that is helping them to find new careers after leaving the Armed Forces or access welfare support when needed. Richard Sanders is a former Major in the Royal Logistic Corps the OA Employment Team […]

28th June 2018

Officer Champion Prepares for OA Inter-Services Triathlon

Lieutenant Henry Eaton, of 17 Port & Maritime Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, plans to build on his success from last year. What was it like to win the Officers’ Award last year? It felt great to win the Officers’ Award, but it was still second place so of course I would be keen to try […]

26th June 2018

Veterans to Compete in OA Inter-Services Triathlon

To celebrate 30 years of the championship, special veteran teams will also participate this year. The OA Inter-Services Triathlon sees some of the best athletes from across the Armed Forces push themselves to the limit in individual and team categories. Competitors will swim through 1.5 km of open water, cycle 41 km of tricky terrain […]

20th June 2018

Northern Businesses to Increase Recruitment of Veterans

Businesses across the North of England supported a Veteran Recruitment Roadshow, with over 40 businesses of all sizes from across the region attending to learn more about how they could tap into the veteran talent pool. The event was hosted by Deloitte, The Drive Project and veterans’ charity the Officers’ Association at Virgin Money in […]

18th June 2018

Rory Underwood to Inspire Veteran Success at OA Bristol Networking Event

The former England rugby star and RAF officer will share his career journey and insight with serving and former officers. Rory Underwood MBE is a legendary international rugby player, scoring a record 49 tries for England, winning six caps for the British Lions and playing at Leicester Tigers for 14 years. He also spent 18 […]

12th June 2018

Discover the Right Mind-Set for your Transition Journey at OA Employment Symposium in York

Business Psychologist, Carol Brooks, will share how best to prepare for a successful transition. In her keynote speech at our flagship career event in the North, Carol will discuss the psychological strategies you can adopt for your new career after leaving the Armed Forces. She will focus on the importance of building personal resilience through […]

4th June 2018

OA Sponsored Navy Cricket Team has Good Start to Season

The Royal Navy Women’s Cricket Club (RNWCC) was runner-up in its first tournament of the year. The cricket team, sponsored by the OA, recently competed in the Watsonian Cricket Festival, in Edinburgh. The friendly competition was the first outdoor cricket fixture this season for all clubs involved. The weather was unusually fine, and it was […]

24th May 2018

OA Sponsors Elite Inter-Services Triathlon

30th Inter-Services Triathlon brings top athletes together to compete for the coveted Team Cup. Organised this year by the Royal Navy Triathlon Association, the Army, Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, taking place on 25th July 2018. There are individual and team categories, including Male, Female and Veteran. In addition, the Fire, […]

22nd May 2018

OA Calls Northern Businesses to Attend Veteran Recruitment Roadshow

The OA is calling on local businesses across the North of England to attend its Veteran Work Northern Showcase event, which takes place Thursday 14th June at Virgin Money, Jubilee House, in Newcastle. Whilst 71% of medium and large organisations say they would consider employing veterans, only 39% would consider employing someone with no industry […]

21st May 2018

OA Awards Prize to RAF Cadet for Outstanding Charity Work

OA’s Chief Executive Officer, Lee Holloway, was delighted to present Flying Officer Carla Robinson with the charity award at RAF Cranwell’s Graduation Dining-In Night on Friday 4th May 2018. The OA provides the ‘Work in the Community’ award in recognition of the work carried out by cadets supporting a charitable cause, whilst undergoing officer training […]

17th May 2018

OA Reaches Over One Thousand Beneficiaries

For nearly 100 years we have assisted former officers and their families to help them in challenging personal situations. Last year, the Benevolence team dealt with 1,107 cases, providing welfare advice, signposting to other organisations and accessing financial support. The OA awarded £1,369,000 in grants. The team authorised 3,766 financial transactions paid to beneficiaries, charities […]

2nd May 2018

Register for the OA Employment Symposium in York

We return to the historic city to deliver our flagship career event for officers in the North. The OA Employment Symposium brings together transitioning and former officers with employers and industry experts, so they can take their next step towards a new career after the Armed Forces. Employers from a range of industries will discuss […]

25th April 2018

Get Career Advice at CTP Employment Fair

The OA employment team will be helping Service leavers learn about their career options. Esme Dickson, OA Employment Services and Events Coordinator, will be there to show how the OA can support your transition journey. Esme delivers OA events in the region and is responsible for the OA network contact list. Clive Lowe, OA Career […]

16th April 2018

OA Launches Podcast

You can now listen to our careers advice series, as first broadcast on BFBS Radio, at home or ‘on the go’. The bitesize recordings cover career tips, insights and industry news. The podcast developed from the OA’s weekly career advice series for BFBS Radio. Topics include the value of insight days, social media, CVs and […]

12th April 2018

OA Provides Employment Support to More Than 4,700 Officers

We are proud of how we help serving and former officers develop new careers after leaving the Armed Forces, as highlighted in our latest Impact Report. In 2016-17, the OA Employment Team helped 4,782 officers – a 7% increase from the previous year. In addition, 1,757 new job seekers registered with the OA, an increase […]

4th April 2018

RAF Team Completes Challenging New Zealand Race

The OA sponsored team of RAF Officers has finished the tough adventure. The team comprised of four RAF officers: Squadron Leader Jamie Buckle, Squadron Leader Penny Grayson, Flight Lieutenant Charlie Butterfield and Flight Lieutenant Laura Frowen. They entered the race as part of the RAF centenary celebrations, and their team number was 100. The GODZone […]

19th March 2018