OA Supports Elite Inter-Services Triathlon

The 31st Inter-Services Triathlon brings top athletes together to compete once again for the coveted team cup. Organised this year by the Army Triathlon Association (ATL), the Royal Navy and RAF will compete at the annual event, taking place on 24th July 2019 in Wales. There are individual and team categories, including Male, Female and […]

22nd July 2019

Military Careers Access Day Delivers High Calibre Candidates to Employers

The Officers’ Association were on hand last week to support Virgin Money as they ran their fourth Military Careers Access Day in the North East. The enthusiasm and level of support from employers was summarised by Caroline Haydon, Strategic Resourcing Consultant for Virgin Money, when she announced to the 100+ Service leavers attending that ‘This […]

25th June 2019

OA Supports Military Careers Access Day in Newcastle

The Officers’ Association (OA) is calling on local businesses and Service leavers across the North of England to attend an event promoting the benefits of hiring ex-military personnel. The third HM Forces Careers Access Event will take place on Thursday 20th June at Virgin Money in Gosforth, Newcastle and will be opened at 11am by […]

20th June 2019

Win £45,000 bursary to fund an MBA at Warwick University

Warwick Business School are offering an opportunity for someone who enters the Heropreneurs Awards to win a full bursary, worth £45,000, to study for an MBA with them. The Heropreneurs Awards were established to recognise the achievements of ex-Armed Forces personnel as they transfer from a military life back to ‘Civvy Street’, establishing their own […]

7th June 2019

Officers Explore Self-Employment in New Workshop

The first Self-Employment Discovery Workshop, designed for former Armed Forces officers and their spouses, has been met with positive feedback from attendees. The workshop was delivered by X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) in partnership with the OA. The one-day events help attendees kick-start their business ideas and discover if working for yourself is a viable career move. […]

15th May 2019

Identify Your Key Transferable Skills

Attend the Officers’ Careers Briefing in York on Tuesday 21st May. This information packed half-day event is for serving and former officers looking to develop their post-military careers. The Officers’ Careers Briefing will include formal presentations, popular career focused breakout sessions as well as a lively panel discussion. Breakout sessions will address four common career […]

8th May 2019

North East Firm TSG Marine Honoured for Work Recruiting Veterans

TSG Marine has won the 2019 Officers’ Association (OA) Employer Recognition Award, in recognition of its commitment to providing veterans with innovative and sustainable job opportunities in the North East of England. The OA is the only Tri-Service military charity dedicated to helping the officer corps transition into civilian life. It awards the OA Employer […]

10th May 2019

Apply for the AlixPartners Insight Evening for Veterans

The global consulting firm is hosting an insight evening  on Thursday 9th May in London, for serving and former military personnel interested in developing a career in consultancy. You will learn more about working life at AlixPartners, and hear from speakers in a range of departments. There will be a Q&A panel, which is your […]

17th April 2019

Supporting the Next Generation of Veteran Entrepreneurs

The OA and X-Forces Enterprise (XFE) are to launch a series of self-discovery workshops for officers and their spouses keen to launch their own business ideas. The one day workshops will help attendee’s kick-start their business ideas and discover if working for yourself is the right next career move. As well as giving an insight […]

27th March 2019

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