Army Reserve touts for IT and communications volunteers

British Army launches annual campaign to encourage Britons to volunteer for IT roles in the Reservists

The British Army has launched its annual recruitment drive for army reservists in IT and communications roles.

A survey carried out by OnePoll found that seven in 10 people would consider voluntary work on top of their day jobs.

Of the 2,000 respondents, 24% said they currently lack an exciting and challenging role, 20% lack the opportunity to gain professional qualifications and 22% lack travel.

Three in 10 said they would consider joining the Army Reserve for such opportunities.

Captain Richard Anderson, an Army Reserve officer serving with the Land Information and Communications Services Group, Royal Signals, also works for Vodafone.

“I feel so lucky that I’m paid in my spare time to make new friends and further my interest in communications whilst making the most of free world-class training, learning from experienced instructors who are at the top of their fields. I’ve travelled to countries and seen a side of the world I’d never have experienced otherwise,” he said.

“As reservists, we also regularly travel and train abroad. For example, there are courses in mountaineering, rock climbing and adventure diving. The list is as long as your goals and ambitions. I get the best of both worlds – when I’m spending the weekend with friends learning new skills, I know that on Monday morning I’ll be back at my day job.”

Each year, the British Army launches an Army Reserve recruitment campaign to showcase the opportunities available to 18-50 year olds in IT and communications roles in the Royal Signals.

These include communication systems engineer roles for the repair and management of digital and satellite systems, computer networks and terminals for the British Army’s communications.

Recruits receive training on how to use software and configure internet networks through advanced computer skills for the repair of communications networks used on operation exercises.  

Director general of the Army Recruiting and Training Division, major general Chris Tickell, said the research revealed that people in the UK feel their jobs are lacking challenge, excitement and the opportunity to travel, and that very few realise the full range of part-time job opportunities available to them as a volunteer with the Army Reserve, such as IT and communications roles in the Royal Signals.

“The Army Reserve offers practicing professionals the opportunity for travel and adventure, as well as world-class training. People can also benefit from the confidence and leadership skills they will gain to help them shine in their civilian careers – all in their spare time at a minimum commitment of 19 days and whilst getting paid,” said Tickell.

Army reservists are paid for their time and can qualify for a tax-free annual bonus. They also have the opportunity to gain civilian qualifications paid for by the Army, such as apprenticeships, literacy and numeracy skills up to A-level equivalent.

The research also found that nine in 10 worry about their careers being held back by the cost of professional courses and training. Only 39% said their employers currently offer free training and development.

More than 1,500 employers nationwide have pledged their support for employing reservists, with over 1,000 putting a reservist HR policy in place.

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