Job fair for sailors facing the axe

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SERVICEMEN and women facing redundancy will be helped to find a new job at a careers fair on Thursday.

The Royal Navy has organised a ‘one-stop shop’ for sailors who are due to leave the service soon.

It comes after 1,020 sailors received redundancy notice on September 30 in the first tranche of military job cuts which will see the navy lose 5,000 posts by 2015.

The jobs fair will be held at the Victory Club, HMS Nelson, from 10am to 3pm, Thursday.

A navy spokesman said: ‘It’s aimed at current people serving in the armed forces.

‘It’ll be a one-stop shop where people who are leaving can meet employers.’

The fair is only open to members of the armed forces who are leaving the military.

Also backing the jobs fair is Hampshire County Council, which has pledged to support members of the armed forces after signing the government’s Community Covenant earlier this year.

Around 22,000 serving military personnel are stationed in Hampshire, along with approximately 6,000 civilians directly employed by the armed forces.