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Welcome to the Yourcounty Army careers page, at the outset its worth pointing out that the Army's own website is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to know more about jobs in the Army. Our own page here offers a slightly more impartial approach and hopefully adds some value by summerising many of the key points for job seekers with an initial interest in joining the armed forces. The TA resources that we point to are primarily local but if you follow the main TA link at the bottom of the page you'll be able to access the national recruitment website. If you have recent experience of working in the British Army or TA and their respective recruitment processes we'd welcome your comments.
The British Army began life in 1707 when England and Scotland were merged together to form Great Britain. The institution has carried on more or less continuously to this day. The British Army can be divided into two parts the regular army of full time professional troops and the Territorial Army.
There are a number of ways to enter the army but the first choices you will need to make are to consider if you want a career as a soldier or an officer and what regiment and trade you want to follow. This decided a candidate needs to thinks about a signing up in the regulars or territorials. There is a graduate entry path, this as well as recruiting graduates with some vocational experience it can also include schemes where undergraduates are supported for part or all of their degree course. You'll find more information about this and most other recruitment issues on the Army website.
There are literally hundreds of different jobs in the armed forces, for ease of explanation we can divide them up into a limited number of categories and give a flavour of the trades each category includes.
If you're thinking about joining the army you need to look into the Army 2020 plans which are aimed at bringing about a dramatic transformation. One of the big proposals is to split the traditional army into two forces: a Reaction Force and an Adaptive Force both of which would be supported by troops. In essence the Reaction Force will be the high capability rapid reaction combat and assault troops. Fuller details are available from the website.
If you're looking to build a rewarding career then the army can give you regular chances for promotion and the challenge of extra responsibility. Some of benefits what you can expect are: Competitive pay, including pensions & allowances. There are great opportunities for travel as well as opportunities for time off and support for a range of pursuits and hobbies. Studies and training may lead to recognised qualifications that might be of use both inside the army as well as outside, there is also an education service able to provide support and encouragement for study and personal development. As part of their pastoral role the Army has a family service which is able to offer servicemen and their families a wide range of; help, information and support.
The Army needs officers and soldiers who are professionally qualified. They can offer a number of schemes to allow candidates to complete studies and training before actually joining the Army.
Throughout its history almost every major operation the British Army has been involved in has seen TA soldiers operating alongside their regular counterparts.
The TA is the largest of all the Reserve Forces, the others being the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), the Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) and the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve (RAFVR).
Covering the United Kingdom, the TA is divided into three types of unit; National, Regional and Sponsored. Anyone thinking of joining usually has a choice of at least two types of unit, depending on how far they are prepared to travel to attend training.
You may know that the armed forces are undergoing a period of great change. Some regiments are being merged and other units may end up disappearing altogether. At the time of writing TA units in Kent included TA Ashford (REME - Engineering) based at the Rowcroft Barracks, TA Bexleyheath (specialising in IT and telecommunications) based on , Watling Street. The Canterbury TA (The Tigers) can be found on The Sturry Road and are an infantry/band unit. There is also an infantry unit in Dover whilst the Maidstone TA units are engaged in logistics and medical services. Fort Clarence in Medway is home to engineering and infantry units while the TA group in Royal Tunbridge Wells is an engineering unit.
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Waitrose is part of the JLP (John Lewis Partnership)so employees can expect the same benefits enjoyed by staff at John Lewis. Waitrose is currently expanding across the South East, which means more jobs and more opportunities of progression.
Retail jobs in Kent
The retail sector now dominates employment opportunities in most major towns. We publish a retail employment feature outlining most of the UK's major high street employers including; Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons, B&Q, Boots and many more.
If you've worked hard to get yourself a degree is it time to question if you are getting the most from your qualification? Many large employers have specific recruitment campaigns aimed at attracting graduate entry recruits. Take a look at our guide and see what's going on.