7 companies that hire ex-Forces

7 companies that hire ex-Forces

Permanently entering civvy street can be a scary time for anyone leaving the Armed Forces.

Once you decide it’s time to leave – after years of loyal service to King and country – the next step might be to find work.

(We appreciate some of you will be going directly to a well-earned retirement!)

Knowing where to look can be difficult, but with the wide of range of experience and skills you’ve picked up over the years, there are more companies than you might realise looking to hire you, and other ex-Forces personnel.

BAE Systems

Defence and information security company


More than 7,000 members of BAE Systems’ global team have served in the Armed Forces.

Suitable roles include cyber operations, intelligence analysis, and equipment manufacturing.

It also employs over 130 reservists in the UK and is a Gold Award Recipient of the Armed Forces Covenant.


Energy and services company


Centrica offers jobs at all levels of its business to encourage more service leavers to join the business – from apprenticeships to experienced roles.

Not only does it look to recruit service leavers, it also offers career pathways for reservists, spouses and partners too.

Centrica is a Gold Award Recipient of the Armed Forces Covenant.


Healthcare provider


In the last five years, around 1,200 service leavers and veterans have moved into careers in the NHS.

Through Step into Health, members of the Armed Forces community can connect to NHS organisations to set up training opportunities, clinical and general work placements, insight days and receive application support.

The programme provides a dedicated pathway into a career in the NHS.

Barratt Developments

Residential property company


Armed Forces skills and experience, such as leadership and determination, naturally translate to a career in housebuilding.

Barratt Developments offers two core schemes for ex-Forces personnel – Armed Forces Transition Programme or Higher & Degree Apprenticeships.

It is a Gold Award Recipient of the Armed Forces Covenant.

Balfour Beatty

Infrastructure company


Balfour Beatty values the teamwork and leadership qualities you picked up in the Armed Forces.

Ex-Forces personnel can thrive in roles in areas such as supervisor and operations, project management, health and safety and logistics.

Network Rail

Railway infrastructure company


Network Rail recognises the key skills of ex-Forces in the safety-critical environment it operates.

These skills include teamwork, discipline, leadership, and the ability to stay calm under pressure.

It is an Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award Recipient.

National Highways

Government agency


Keep the country connected and start a career at National Highways.

The company understands the unique capabilities of those who’ve served in the Armed Forces.

National Highways received a Gold Award from the Employer Recognition Scheme from the MoD.


There are also a wide range of charities and recruitment companies dedicated to helping service leavers find work after they leave the Armed Forces:

Forces Employment Charity

Career Transition Partnership

Ex-Mil Recruitment

First Military Recruitment

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