Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to advertise, facilitate and streamline the recruitment process for school leavers to meet armed forces recruitment targets.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Armed Forces do not recruit directly in schools. They do engage with schools, at the invitation of Headteachers, in order to increase awareness of the role of the Armed Forces in society and to support delivery of aspects of the curriculum - most notably Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). There is no recruitment process specifically for school leavers. We keep our recruitment processes under review to ensure they are efficient and effective.

Young people need to be supported with information about the opportunities and options available to them as they reach significant educational milestones, including on reaching school leaving age. This is reflected in the marketing initiatives of the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force. Joining the Armed Forces continues to be an excellent choice for young people today, and they are the UK's largest apprenticeship provider.

The Ministry of Defence welcomes the Department for Education's Careers Strategy and the greater prominence being given to vocational routes and STEM related careers. The Armed Forces are well placed to support schools in meeting the aims of that strategy and encourage them to contact their local units and Armed Forces Recruiting Offices for support.

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