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Transition to civilian life

42 (North West) Brigade is primarily concerned with service leavers who are wishing to resettle within the North West region. Our aim is to ensure that the service leaver is given all the relevant information needed to make an informed choice allowing the smooth transition into civilian life.

Soldier to civilianTransition is more than what was traditionally known as Resettlement. Your own transition journey is something that you must ‘drive’ and is not just about you. It is your partner, family and friends who will also be affected by leaving the Service and you must keep them involved with every stage.

The greatest areas of focus will be finding new employment and somewhere to live. Along with these areas, this portal has links covering the five pillars of transition:

  • Employment – career selection or job search
  • Education – training options and children’s school selection
  • Health – registration or transfer of existing medical care
  • Housing – help with securing housing, whether social or private
  • Welfare – guidance and help from veterans’ organisations and programmes

Transition and resettlement support is delivered by a number of agencies including unit resettlement staff, Army Education Centre staff (especially the Individual Education & Resettlement Officer) and staff at the ten regional resettlement centres operated by the Career Transition Partnership.

In addition, the Army Welfare Service, Service charities and the Hives all make a big contribution to informing and supporting Service leavers and their families through this significant change in their lives.


One of the greatest challenges facing a Service Leaver is finding that all important new career or job. The North West area boasts a wide range of employment opportunities and employers providing an array of opportunities.

Whilst a range of attractive opportunities exits in many work areas, emerging opportunities such as the Omega Park, the logistics hub in Warrington which encompasses jobs in driving, storage and warehousing, wholesaling, postal services as well as other logistics jobs elsewhere in the County in sea and rail freight management and movement.

The Logistics Sector Skills Council (Skills for Logistics) can provide more information on training and opportunities in the North West but state that there are likely to be over 200,000 jobs created within the industry in the next five years.

There are also careers within both the engineering, construction and utilities sectors. Many of the companies who recruit are listed below, but more information and guidance can be found through both Energy and Utility Skills Ltd for gas, power, waste management and water, an industry seeing growth in the NW and the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board for engineering and construction roles.

The NW also has a range of automotive and manufacturing businesses, with business in Elsmere Port, Leyland, Crewe, Liverpool and St Helens.