April 15, 2024

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Armed forces next steps careers fair to offer support to veterans and service leavers

Armed Forces Community careers event

The third Armed Forces Community Next Steps Careers Fair will take place on Wednesday 27 September at Heartlands in Pool, near Redruth. 

Cornwall Council has teamed up with Active Plus, Wessex, Job Centre Plus, Reed in Partnership and Armed Forces Covenant to run the free event where veterans, service leavers and their families will be able to meet businesses from Cornwall’s leading sectors, to explore transferable skills and qualifications from engineering to health and social care. 

Representatives from support organisations and training providers will also be on hand with advice to help with career transition. 

‘Danny’ Daniell, managing director of Active Plus, said:

“Careers fairs are an essential part of the transition from a military to a civilian career. They provide a great opportunity to network and meet potential employers, training providers, support organisations and members of the Armed Forces Community who have lived experience of leaving the services. Events like this play a key role in understanding transferrable skills, the job market and entry level qualifications and are equally important to those planning their transition and those that have already left the armed forces. They also provide a fantastic opportunity for partners to find out what opportunities are available in the area where their family plans to resettle. Career transition should be taken step by step and there’s no better way to take the first one, than to attend a careers fair.” 

Louis Gardner, Cornwall Council’s armed forces and veterans champion and cabinet portfolio holder for the economy, said:

“As a veteran myself, I appreciate how valuable this kind of event is for service leavers on their resettlement journey.  

“Armed Forces Week shone a spotlight on Cornwall’s service community and we want to ensure that as they come to the end of their armed forces career, our service men and women can access practical support to find the right job for them.” 

The event will take place between 10am and 4pm. Tickets are available from Eventbrite.


Businesses wishing to attend can contact William Chapman  

Support for HM Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and their families – Cornwall Council 

Story posted 28 July 2023