We're an Armed Forces friendly employer

Armed Forces

We are proud to be an Armed Forces friendly employer and look to proactively work with clients to advertise their job vacancies to departing and veteran military personnel and their families, as well as continually looking at how we can further our support.

An Armed Forces Covenant signatory

By signing the Armed Forces Covenant we’re making a promise to the nation, that we’ll support our Armed Service personnel and their families. They have dedicated their time and efforts to protecting us, and in turn we’re committed to working with them to ensure they receive a fair and transparent experience when looking for work. We respect their dedication, and want to help them to secure future work opportunities that not only supports their transferrable skills, but gives them a future career trajectory that’s as rewarding as their time spent serving and protecting our nation.

The Armed Forces Covenant is our voluntary pledge that all active and retired service personnel will not face any disadvantage, and special consideration will be given where required to facilitate employment after injury or bereavement.

We’re also delighted to have achieved the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award, for our work to date.

Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award

Some images on this page have been sourced from the Open Government Licence Page.

Armed Forces Friendly Employer

Engaging service leavers through the CareerTransition Partnership

​This includes regularly promoting job opportunities through the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the official provider of the Armed Forces resettlement programme for the Ministry of Defence.

CTP branch leads within our offices have access to the programme’s job board, which allows them to advertise roles both on the job search website and within the resettlement centres across the UK. Recruiters also regularly attend the CTP’s regional employment fairs, to provide career and job seeking advice to service leavers and help with practical support such as setting up LinkedIn profiles to find work.

Over 14,000 highly skilled and experienced people leave the Armed Forces each year, and with a career in the Armed Forces unrivalled to any other when it comes to gaining valuable transferable skills their ability to follow instructions with precision, the teamwork mentality and specialist training are just a few key skills that are strong advantages when recruiting for technical and engineering roles.​

Exhibiting at the Armed Forces Career Transition Partnership employment fairs
Armed Forces Friendly

Supporting the Armed Forces together

Each year colleagues in our Wigan Recruitment branch, Group support office and Linx business spend the Poppy Appeal fortnight selling poppies and merchandise at the local supermarket.

It's a time of the year that's important to us at NRL, as colleagues are able to use their paid charity leave to spend time in community helping to raise money to support the fantastic work the Poppy Appeal delivers to the Armed Forces community.​

Colleagues have also been keen to raise vital funds for Walking With The Wounded, an important charity provides mental health and wellbeing support. Including our Egremont team taking on the Cumbrian Challenge ascending great heights two years running to drum up donations.

Poppy appeal volunteering in Wigan

Advertising career opportunities with NRL through Forces Families Jobs

We're just as keen to welcome the Armed Forces community to work with the NRL Group, so have committed to advertise all internal vacancies through the Forces Families Jobs website.

We understand the challenges that come with supporting family members so they can service in the military, so are happy to consider accommodations that will allow them to build their own rewarding careers.


NRL post their roles on Forces Families Jobs

The Armed forces teaches you discipline, respect & loyalty it really is a profession like no other so upon leaving its understandable to think that it'll be difficult to transfer those values to another organisation and to be able to use them in the same way.

With NRL not only was I able to use my current skill set effectively I was also able to gain the necessary experience through on the job training and taking qualifications in a classroom environment to improve my knowledge and skill set which has enabled me to have a very successful career away from the Armed Forces. There are always opportunities.

Phil Taylor, NRL Rail Grinding Supervisory Manager

Register with NRL

If you're looking for support to secure a rewarding career as you depart the military, them we'd love to hear from you.

You can register for an account on our website to share your CV, apply for roles and set-up job alerts.

Looking for a company to support your cadets?

We're always keen to chat with local cadets and youth programmes where we may be able to help and support them.


Additional Support

Whether you're preparing to leave the military or have been a veteran for some time, help is always available whenever you need it.

The Armed Forces Covenant – support and advice
Career Transition Partnership – resettlement support
Forces Families Jobs – job support
Royal British Legion - veteran support
Veterans UK – dedicated support
Veteran’s Gateway – signposting the help available to you
Walking With The Wounded - mental health and wellbeing support
Forces in Mind Trust – supporting the transition to civilian life
Togetherall – a safe online community to improve health and wellbeing