200 new roles at national recruiting centre

This Is Wiltshire: Coun Robert Hall Coun Robert Hall

Up to 200 new jobs will be created at the Upavon Lines military base.

The Lines was originally an RAF camp before being taken over by the Army.

However, many jobs were lost there under defence cuts.

This week it has been confirmed that up to 200 jobs will be created at the base by Capita, which provides professional support services to the military.

Interviews will be taking place from late November for the new National Recruiting Centre in Upavon, which will be the hub for Capita’s Army recruiting and customer contact teams.

It’s welcome news for the Upavon area and for the Pewsey Vale where employment has been hit in recent years with the pull-out of both Royal Air Force and Army units from the camp Wiltshire councillor for the Pewsey Vale, Brigadier Robert Hall, who was involved in setting up the Army base when it opened, told the Gazette it was great news both for the housing market and for local shops.

Coun Hall said: “To have 200 people moving into that camp when many people thought it was going to close is very good news indeed.

“It will create all sorts of benefits for this area with more people wanting housing and it will bring extra trade, not only to the shop in Upavon but to Marlborough and Devizes, too.”

Capita plc already employs around 46,500 people at more than 350 sites, including on Salisbury Plain and at the Tidworth, Bulford and Warminster garrisons.

The Recruiting Partnership Project, which the Ministry of Defence announced in March, will free up members of the armed forces – who are currently desk-bound in recruiting roles – to return to the front line.

Capita, which describes itself as the “UK’s leading business process, outsourcing and professional services company” signed a contract in March to work in partnership with the Armed Forces to deliver recruitment services for the Army.

Mike Babb, director at Capita’s resourcing business, said: “We are looking for talented people with different levels of experience for various roles, including administrators, team leaders, recruiting inquiry advisers and candidate support managers.

“Applicants might be ex-military, come from a family with military links, or simply have an interest in recruiting and customer service.”

Interested applicants can visit www.capitaarmyresourcing.co.uk for more information and to search for job vacancies.

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