Peterborough Halfords centre leads way in supporting new armed services jobs scheme

Adam Smith, Halfords Autocentre Manager and former soldier, services an army Land Rover as the retailer announces that it will be signing the Government's Armed Forces Covenant, at Halfords Autocentre in Peterborough.  Picture: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire
Adam Smith, Halfords Autocentre Manager and former soldier, services an army Land Rover as the retailer announces that it will be signing the Government's Armed Forces Covenant, at Halfords Autocentre in Peterborough. Picture: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

Halfords has announced moves to help people leaving the armed forces find jobs - with its Peterborough centre leading the way in the campaign.

The motoring and cycle firm has signed the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant, offering access to training and careers in its retail shops and Autocentres.

Adam Smith, Halfords Autocentre Manager and former soldier, services an army Land Rover as the retailer announces that it will be signing the Government's Armed Forces Covenant, at Halfords Autocentre in Peterborough.  Picture: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

Adam Smith, Halfords Autocentre Manager and former soldier, services an army Land Rover as the retailer announces that it will be signing the Government's Armed Forces Covenant, at Halfords Autocentre in Peterborough. Picture: Jeff Spicer/PA Wire

The campaign launch features Adam Smith, Halfords Autocentre Manager and former soldier, at Halfords Autocentre in Peterborough.

Halfords will offer guaranteed interviews to service leavers to help with what it said can be a difficult transition to civilian life.

Graham Stapleton, chief executive of Halfords Group said: “We are really proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant to help people leaving the services find new careers and gain training with Halfords Retail and Autocentres.

“This initiative is completely win-win, allowing our business to access a pool of potential colleagues with fantastic transferable skills, and helping service leavers build new careers with Halfords.”

Major General William O’Leary, Deputy Commander Field Army, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, said: “Having Halfords Group sign our Armed Forces Covenant is a fantastic boost to the scheme and shows that there are excellent career opportunities for service leavers and reservists.”