Over 5,400 Officers Helped By OA Employment Services in the Last Year

We have increased our support to serving and former officers developing their post-military careers, as highlighted in our latest Impact Report. The OA Employment Team provided 1,125 one-to-one career consultations and CV reviews. In addition, over 1,100 jobs were posted onto the OA Executive Jobs Board. Gemma Jones is one officer the OA supported, who […]

19th March 2019

Celebrating Women in the Officer Community

International Women’s Day is the perfect opportunity to highlight the role of women in the Armed Forces and the wider contribution they make, including in their post-military careers. The OA meets women who were distinguished officers, and then have built successful careers in civilian life. In the Armed Forces they demonstrated the highest standards of […]

8th March 2019

New Bristol Office Opens

The OA has moved its South West office to increase support for the local officer community. The new premises are larger, reflecting the newly expanded team. This will make it easier to run one-to-one career consultations, where serving and former officers can get independent tailored advice, and run employment events, such as workshops and training […]

28th February 2019

Officers’ Association Supports New Non-Executive Development Programme for Senior Service Leavers

OnBoarding Officers is an accelerated non-executive training programme established to help transitioning and former officers hone their military leadership skills in readiness for Non- Executive roles in UK organisations. Participants will be provided with a critical insight into the commercial world, whether their aspirations are to take a Non-Executive Director (NED) role immediately, or at […]

4th February 2019

We Are Not Damaged Says Minister and Veteran

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood MP says we must challenge false perceptions of veterans. Tobias Ellwood, a former Army officer, said: “That is a real challenge that we have, because too many people out there think because we served we are damaged.” The Minister made his comments at the Officers’ Association Careers […]

11th December 2018

New Data Dispels ‘Negative Stereotype’ About Veterans

A major new study released today by the Veterans Work consortium, reveals that military service is likely to improve your chances of finding employment. The study found that, contrary to what many believe, veteran employment rates at 81% are far higher than the national average of 75.5%. The report, titled ‘Veterans Work: Moving On’, surveyed […]

28th November 2018

Did you leave the Forces after the age of 50? We want to hear from you

We are researching the experiences of those who left the Armed Forces at age 50 +, to understand the employment barriers they face. Of the thousands of people who leave the Armed Forces every year around 1,000 of them are aged 50+. Many of those who leave aged 50 or over have reported difficulties deciding […]

22nd November 2018

“Life is Much Better Through the Help and Support of the OA”

Sharon served her country and always cared for people. When she died, her husband was left to raise their young son. This is his story. Wayne met Sharon in 1998 at the hospital where they both worked and were engaged within three months. Wayne, aged 49 and living in Aldershot, Hampshire, described Sharon as “extremely […]

20th November 2018

Highways England is Recruiting Former Officers

David Picton, Interim Executive Director for Commercial and Procurement at Highways England, outlines the opportunities available. Why is Highways England recruiting Service leavers? Highways England is growing because the country is undergoing its biggest ever investment in its roads. This investment delivery is in its first phase, running from 2015-2020, and will be followed by […]

12th November 2018

The First World War ended one hundred years ago, yet for many officers the challenges continued

On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, we want to recognise both the sacrifice of those officers who died, as well as the struggles faced by officers on returning home to a changed world. Of those who survived the hardships of war, many were left without jobs or access to the financial support available to […]

9th November 2018

“The poppy is a focus for the nation on one of the darkest periods in our history”

Ahead of the Armistice centenary this Sunday, OA colleagues who have previously served in the Armed Forces share what Remembrance Day means to them. Nigel Hare Nigel is a former Royal Navy Commander and now Operations Director at the OA “The poppy is a focus for the nation on one of the darkest periods in […]

7th November 2018

Introducing Our Grants and Welfare Team

The OA Benevolence Team has been renamed Grants and Welfare to better reflect what it does. However, the purpose of the Grants and Welfare Team remains the same – supporting former officers, their families and dependants when faced with challenging times, to help make the pressures more manageable. Last year, the Grants and Welfare Team […]

18th October 2018

Don’t Miss Out on This Year’s OA Officers’ Careers Forum

Gain better knowledge, more contacts and the confidence you need to pursue your new civilian career. At the OA Officers’ Careers Forum you will discover some of the opportunities available to transitioning and former officers, and be able to connect with industry experts. We can help you better understand how to successfully apply for civilian […]

16th October 2018

BT Receives OA Employer Recognition Award

BT has been presented with the 2018 Officers’ Association (OA) Employer Recognition Award, which recognises BT’s commitment to providing veterans with sustainable employment opportunities, for example, with BT Security, and employability support through its Transition Force programme. The OA Employer Recognition Award is given to an employer who recognises and utilises the transferable skills and […]

5th October 2018

How did you decide on your career after the military? We need to know more…

Knowing where in the UK employers are recruiting and where veterans are living will be a key highlight of a study now underway to provide a comprehensive understanding of the employment landscape for Service leavers. We are asking Service leavers to contribute their views and experiences to help build a data map on which the […]

1st October 2018

Rory Underwood to Inspire Veteran Success, M-Shed, Bristol. 6.30 – 9.30 pm

The OA is delighted to welcome Rory Underwood to meet fellow officers and their spouses as he shares with us the secrets of his success, on and off the pitch. This evening’s event, run by the Officers’ Association (OA), will see Rory offer practical advice on how to fulfil potential and achieve professional goals. Service […]

17th September 2018

International Day of Charity is the perfect opportunity to talk about our work

We know that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of your journey, so we provide support each step of the way from employment services to welfare and grants. We understand that making the decision to leave the Armed Forces is just the start of a transition journey but it’s […]

5th September 2018

Want to Work in Finance? Apply for this Opportunity with Citi.

Three Citi employees spoke to us about the Citi Salutes Graduate Programme, and how you can prepare for a successful transition into financial services. Jack Pile, a former Army officer, is currently on the programme, while Lucy Griffiths and Jessica Plant are from Citi’s HR Team, and are responsible for recruiting veterans to the programme. […]

20th August 2018

BT Security is Recruiting Veterans

There are a range of roles available across the cyber security business. Cyber security is increasingly becoming the next career for many Service leavers. The growing industry requires people with a solid understand of security procedures and practice, who can work well under pressure, which are attributes that suit former officers. BT Security is expanding […]

9th August 2018

‘BT Security have great opportunities for veterans’ says former GCHQ Deputy Director

The OA are working closely with BT Security on a recruitment drive this summer that offers an amazing opportunity for officers looking a new career challenge after the Services. We are joined by the Global Chief Security Officer and Vice President of Cyber Security at BT Plc to give us an insight into the work […]

7th August 2018