Veterans jobs fair

Tuesday 19 September 2017, 12 noon to 6pm
Plymouth Guildhall

Plymouth City Council in partnership with our Armed Forces Corporate and Community Covenant Partners are proud to announce our second Jobs Fair with a specific focus on Armed Forces Personnel, Veterans and their dependants, scheduled for 19 September 2017, in Plymouth Guildhall.

This is a unique event, made possible by our sponsors, Plymouth City Council; Wolfetstans; Babcock International; the Royal British Legion and BMT Asset Performance Ltd along with the support of numerous volunteers, not to mention the businesses that come and take part.

The event, across the afternoon and early evening of 19 September 2017, will provide access to a large number of local and national employers seeking employees; offering apprentiships; work placements and supportive advice. There will also be opportunities to access workshops to aid job applications and to strengthen interview techniques.

 Registration form [Word, 552KB]

 Employers looking for recruits poster [PDF, 473KB]

Workshops for CV reviews and interview techniques run by BMT Asset Performance Ltd

BMT Asset Performance Ltd is a leading engineering and organisational asset management company, specialising in reducing risk and improving the through-life performance of assets, processes and systems where availability and time on task are paramount. 

We opened our Plymouth office in 2014, and now have 10 ex-RN personnel based there. As well as having the experience of transitioning into civilian life, our Plymouth team can interpret ‘military speak’ on CVs and advise how to turn this into something that a civilian employer can understand. They also have experience of being on both sides of the interview process and can provide indispensable guidance on how to prepare for, and navigate, this sometimes daunting challenge. We will be offering workshops for both CV reviews and Interview Techniques during the Jobs Fair. Please do book a time and come along and have a chat with our friendly team - it could be the first step towards your new career!

Email Kevin Hurst to book a place on the workshop.

Case studies

There’s life after the Armed Forces. Hear from some of our local veterans who have gone on to find a successful second career.


David Haynes, a Royal Navy Veteran, came to last year’s jobs fair, and as a result now works for BMT Asset Performance in Plymouth.

David said: “I served in the Royal Navy for 20 years, primarily on submarines including both the Trafalgar Class and  Vanguard Class, before leaving in the rank of Petty Officer Engineering Technician (Marine Engineering SM)(L) Electrical Specialist.

“I attended the Plymouth Armed Forces Covenant Job Fair in June 2016 at the Guildhall - this was an extremely useful event and, as a result of the networking opportunities available, I found a job with BMT Asset Performance Ltd in Plymouth.

“I’m thoroughly enjoying my current role with BMT; they offer a flexible working environment with many benefits. Plus I get to work with fellow ex-servicemen, some of whom I went to sea with! This is a real bonus and there’s always plenty of banter in the office. I share common interests with my colleagues and they are always willing to offer support whenever required.”

Natasha Mason worked in the Royal Navy for 19 years in the Communications and Weapons Engineering branches. Natasha completed a law degree in 2016 at Plymouth University and has worked at Wolferstans Solicitors since 2015.  Alongside working, in July this year, Natasha passed her Legal Practice Course with the University of Law giving her the required pre-requisite qualifications to accept the offer of a period of recognised learning as a trainee solicitor with Wolferstans Solicitors.

Natasha said: “I was nervous about applying for jobs having been turned down for one already. I researched law firms in Plymouth and found that Wolferstans Solicitors had signed the Armed Forces Covenant and the Defence Employers Recognition Scheme, and provided advice clinics for our Armed Forces community”.

“I was offered a paralegal position in the Family Law department and since then have moved to the Personal Injury department and work within the Wolferstans Armed Forces Team to provide greater support and signposting to our armed forces personnel, our veterans and their families by working with other local support organisations.”

Since commencing this employment in 2015, Natasha has supported her employer to become Defence ERS Silver Award holders and supported their application for Defence ERS Gold.  Natasha added: “It has been wonderful to combine my military background and experience with a new career.”

Paul Haycock served in the Royal Navy and now works for BMT Asset Performance.

Paul said: “I made the transition from Service to Civilian life in June this year after 35 years in the Royal Navy, initially as a Warfare Officer and Lynx Helicopter Observer and more recently in a diverse range of managerial, executive and advisory roles in the UK and overseas.  I knew I needed a second career and that I wanted to remain in the West Country, preferably Plymouth, which has been my family home for over 17 years. 

“During the job application process, I contacted several ex Service people who I knew had already made a successful transition and unashamedly asked for their help, guidance and time – which they freely gave.  Their only ask was that in the future I would offer to do the same for those service leavers who contacted me.

“I am writing this during my fifth week with BMT Asset Performance and I already feel at home.  The people have been fantastic at helping me settle in.  The atmosphere and professional approach is wholly positive and the ‘can-do’ attitude that the military are justifiably proud of is also very much in evidence.”

Pete Ogburn, now M & E Process Manager for Babcock Estates, was a Royal Navy engineer and while he says it was not difficult for him to get a job after leaving the Royal Navy, he did want to remain in Plymouth so as not to have to travel.

For a while Pete did have jobs that involved travelling, so that he could stay in work, but then he got a job with Babcock.

Pete said: “Luckily, just at the right time for me, Babcock were making changes to their workforce and my skills fitted the bill for a specific job in estates management.

“Babcock’s strong links with the Royal Navy, through their contacts in Devonport Dockyard, has meant that my employment has kept me close to the military world to feel at home and far enough away to ensure my civilian career is completely separate.

“Babcock is a great company for Veterans to work for. They recognise the strengths that a military career can bring to civilian employment and they help employees to build upon these skills to be the best that they can be.

“My best tip for people in a service career is to start thinking what you will do when in civilian life from the day you join up.”

Read our employer’s testimony from Kevin Hurst, Technical Resources Manager at BMT Asset Performance

BMT Asset Performance attended the 2016 Plymouth Armed Forces Jobs fair - as this was prior to our recent merger, we were exhibiting under the name BMT Cadence. Our intention was to find quality ex-forces people to join our growing team. Staff from our Plymouth office, all of whom are ex-RN and therefore have first-hand experience of the career transition process, were on hand to chat to the various job seekers.

Some people we spoke to just enjoyed sharing some storytelling with their former shipmates, which we always enjoy! There was also, however, a lot of interest in what we had to offer and how we could potentially assist with future career development. We enjoyed giving plenty of advice on how to go about the process of leaving the service, and how to make the best possible impression to potential future employers.

We successfully recruited David Haynes into our team as a result of attending the Jobs Fair - he approached the BMT stand, spoke to our team and the rest is history! The event is a lot more personal than a ‘cold’ advert on a website - you can immediately find out more about each other and potentially save a lot of time! We’re really looking forward to this year’s event and, hopefully, finding some new recruits!