Around 15,000 servicemen and servicewomen leave the UK Armed Forces every year, roughly 1,000 of whom are aged 50+ when they leave [source: gov.uk].
Anecdotal evidence and previous research indicate that this group of Service leavers face particular challenges during transition in all areas including deciding on a career, selling their experience to employers and dealing with work / life balance.
What would we like to achieve?
We would like to better understand what specific transition challenges and employment barriers these Service leavers face.
The output from this research will help military charities, the veteran community and employers to gain a better understanding of how to support 50+ Service leavers in their transition to civilian life. The results of the research will be shared with the Ministry of Defence (MOD), and MOD will consider the report’s recommendations.
What are we doing about it?
We are conducting a research project to explore these barriers and challenges in a structured way, following best practice research methodology. We are taking a cross-service, all ranks approach. This is the first study of its kind to examine this issue.
We have planned this research in two stages:
- Stage 1 consists of focus groups with 50+ ex-serving personnel and employers.
- Stage 2 will consist of online surveys for each of the groups mentioned above.
The findings of this research will be widely circulated, and the MOD will be provided with the research recommendations.