Caroline welcomes OVA initiative

Local MP, Caroline Dinenage, welcomed the announcement that military veterans are to be guaranteed interviews for some government jobs.

The initiative, launched by the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) in the Cabinet Office, underlines this government’s deep commitment to veterans and will boost the employment prospects of those who have served in the British Armed Forces.

The move fulfils a manifesto pledge and will see veterans applying for posts in the civil service guaranteed the opportunity to be interviewed.

Guaranteed interviews for veterans will start from spring this year with pilots in the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Defence, the Cabinet Office and the Home Office, including UK Border Force, all of which were keen to be part of the pilot as they believe veterans will bring the skills and experience they need.

Minister for the Cabinet Office, Oliver Dowden, who represents the Office for Veterans’ Affairs (OVA) in Cabinet said:

"The end of military service should not mean an end to serving our great country. From teamwork to problem-solving, our veterans have incredible skills and experience that employers on civvy street, and indeed Whitehall, are crying out for.

I want to see even more of our ex-servicemen and women join the public sector so we all benefit from their talents. Today we are delivering on another manifesto promise to veterans and guaranteeing interviews for civil service jobs.

Minister for Defence, People and Veterans, Johnny Mercer, said:

"Those who’ve worked in the British Armed Forces are among the brightest and the best, and so it is right we draw upon this talent.

Service personnel are agile, strategic and excellent team players - a guaranteed interview will shine a light on these skills and help boost job prospects."

Commenting Caroline said:

"The Gosport area has one of the highest numbers of veterans in the country, a testament to our proud military links proud both past and present. 

This is a positive initiative which will help bring invaluable experience into the Civil Service, as well as helping Veterans' transition back into Civvy life."

There will not be a time limit for those leaving service and when they can take up the guaranteed interview offer. Applicants will need to meet basic minimum criteria during the selection stage.

Last month, the government announced the new Veterans Railcard will be launched providing cheaper train travel to former servicemen and women this autumn.