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The White Ensign Association – Employment Services

How we Help Sailors and Royal Marines - One of the White Ensign Association’s objectives is to help those who are leaving, or who left, the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, their Reserves or Dependents, into successful second careers outside the Service. The Association achieves this objective in a number of ways: through the provision of individually tailored advice to every client in areas such as networking, job hunting, industry intelligence, CV writing, interview preparation and package negotiation; by means of a network of commercial partnerships with organisations that either require the skills, experience and behaviours that can be found in the Service or that wish to help our Veterans; and by promoting our Industry Partners within the Naval Service community. We also have a large network of advisors and mentors who provide assistance.

Help from the WEA to RN and RM community clients is for life, as often and for as long as required.  It is free of charge – the WEA will never ask a Sailor or Royal Marine for money for employment (or any other) assistance, nor will we attempt to sell them anything.  As a Naval charity we are committed to providing all our clients with the best possible help and in the rare circumstances that we can’t help, we will always point our clients in the direction of someone who can.

How we help our Employing Industry Partners - There are skills, qualifications and experience to be found across the Royal Navy and Royal Marines communities that are in demand in the commercial job market. Some of these are similar to those found in the civilian world but others are unique in their nature – an example is that great leadership responsibility is given to junior managers and leaders in the Service at a much younger age or earlier stage than would normally be found elsewhere. A newly commissioned Royal Marines Commando officer, for example, will often lead a Troop of up to 30 people, many of whom will be much older and more experienced than they are, at the age of 19 or 20 years. A Royal Navy Engineering Petty Officer may have responsibility for a team of Engineers, responsible for vital work on surface ships and submarines in their mid-twenties. This early leadership experience and the associated ability to take responsibility and work under pressure, makes our people excellent prospects for any employer when the time comes for them to leave the Service.

Examples of the specialisms that can be found in Service Leavers from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines are: Leadership, Mechanical Engineering, Logistics, Medical Doctors, Management, Electrical Engineering, Supply, Nursing, Strategy, Nuclear Engineering, Physiotherapy, Remedial Therapy, Learning & Development, Marine Engineering, Transport, Dentists, Training Design, Aviation Engineering, Fuels, Healthcare, Coaching & Mentoring, Weapons Engineering, Warehousing, Port Operations, Operations Management, Risk Engineering, Distribution, Pilots, Facilities Management, Project Engineering, Telecommunications, Sonar, Information Technology, Cyber Security, Policing, Finance, Management Accounting, Human Resource Management, Metalsmiths, Veterinary Officers, Security Operations, Environmental Services, Maritime Operations, Payroll, Chefs, Hospitality, Welfare Services, & Administration