Confronting the Challenges to "Civvy Street"

Date: Tuesday July 4, 2017 at 8:11am
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British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) are staging their third National Employment & Careers Fair of 2017 for the Armed Forces Community (AFC) in the East Midlands on Thursday 6th July, sponsored by BAE Systems.

As a Social Enterprise, BFRS provide services to tackle social problems, improve Armed Forces Communities and people’s life chances.  Key to this is knowing that military resettlement is more than just the brief time when leaving the services, and that it isn't just personnel from the regular forces who are affected. This is why all the services BFRS deliver are open to Service Leavers, Reserve Forces, Veterans, civilian MOD employees, as well as partners and families, and it doesn't matter how long or how long-ago people served.

Bringing Industry and the AFC together via the Career Fairs BFRS host, is crucial to ensure these social problems are countered and showcasing the skills and attributes they offer, as well as organisations that recognise the benefits from employing from this community.

The companies who exhibit at the BFRS National Employment & Career Fairs, always have regional, national and oversea opportunities, with over 2000 career openings available at this event, it truly highlights their commitment to provide a positive future for the AFC.

The Armed Forces are always ready to deliver, whether through combat, humanitarian assistance that includes the UK in past flooding events, to bolstering all our security in recent terrorist atrocities. 984 troops were deployed to the UK streets to provide a strong but reassuring physical presence very recently. All this is done at a moment’s notice, with 100% professionalism; but the move to civilian life and the transition can be trying and even confusing for some.

Therefore, as a country, it is paramount the right support is on hand with the future careers our Armed Forces Community deserve.

BFRS Managing Director Neil Dean states: “Our focus is on helping the Armed Forces Community find new careers which match their training, experience and aspirations. Visitors will be able to speak to employers and recruiters representing a wide range of industries and chat to training companies to identify any training needs they require for their chosen civilian career.”

On the day hundreds of delegates are expected to attend, with exhibitors that include; BAE Systems, Aldi, Home Instead Senior Care, Heathrow Airport, Lain O’Rourke and Morson Group to name a few.

Event Details​

BFRS National Employment & Careers Fair @ Oakham

Date: Thursday 6th July 2017 between 09:30 and 14:00hrs 

Location: Greetham Valley, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7SN

Free entry for attendees - turn up on the day or pre-register to reserve your place at We encourage attendees to bring their CVs with them to demonstrate their credentials to employers.


For further information or any press enquiries, please contact Dominic Hamberg, Operations Manager, on 02476 939 928 / 07973 788848 or email  



 “I found it a great help being able to walk around and just talk to different people with different views and see what things are out there

I would definitely recommend it as there are a wide range of jobs and careers to have an insight into

Your advice to keep an open mind is good – many opportunities I had not thought of

It provided me with companies I had never thought about before”​


Great chance to meet potential new recruits

Really well organised, great engagement and open mindedness of visitors”

Very well organised event. Glad that we came

Always very supportive, especially as I attend by myself. There is always someone on hand to help. It is appreciated.” ​

The event exceeded our expectations – extremely well organised and well attended – would definitely recommend other employers to attend.

Excellent networking both on the day and the previous evening.”​

Another really good event – it was certainly successful for us.”​


These photographs were taken at previous BFRS Event.





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