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Army and Jobcentre combine to combat unemployment

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combat unemploymentA CAMPAIGN to attract thousands of new recruits to the British Army will target job seekers in Wales with a series of Jobcentre Plus recruitment clinics throughout January. The clinics come as research reveals unemployed people are only half as likely as those already working to consider a job in the Army.

According to research commissioned by the British Army and carried out by One Poll, just one in 20 unemployed people said they would consider signing up to the Army, compared with one in 10 employed people who said they viewed it as a potential career choice.

The Army’s new campaign — ‘More than Meets the Eye’– aims to highlight the huge range of full-time and part-time careers available, with thousands of different roles on offer across hundreds of jobs. Some of the jobs currently open to new recruits include bricklayers, communications specialists, logistics, drivers, welders, veterinary technicians, musicians, environment health technicians, health care assistants and infantry soldiers.

Jobcentre Plus in Wales is supporting the British Army in its recruitment drive, and will be hosting clinics at various Jobcentre Plus locations including Cardiff, Newport and Mold throughout January.

People will be able to speak to serving members of the Regular Army and Army Reserve, get more information about the wide variety of roles available to new recruits and find out about the online application process. Potential recruits will be able to talk to local careers advisors about what they could gain from joining the Army.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, Director of Training and Recruitment for the British Army, said:

“Regardless of their skills or background, young people who are interested in taking on a challenging and exciting new career should look at the hundreds of opportunities we have across the Army and Army Reserve. We want to do as much as we can to encourage potential recruits to come forward and find out more about what’s on offer.

“There is so much more to learn in the Army and Army Reserve than combat and military skills, and we are always recruiting. With the support of Jobcentre Plus, these clinics will provide a great opportunity for us to reach out to job seekers face-to-face and help them make the first step towards a successful Army career.

“I would urge anyone in Scotland who’s looking for a new career challenge to head down to one of our many Army Careers Centres and speak to our recruiting team.”

Neil Couling, Director for Jobcentre Plus, said:

“With the economy growing, there are lots of opportunities out there for jobseekers and we are always looking for innovative ways to work with recruiters to help people find their perfect career, or help them move into a new role. Following a similar programme of Army clinics last year, more than 100 events in Jobcentres across the country will be held over the next few weeks to make sure jobseekers are aware that the Army is recruiting.”

Anyone aged upward of 16 can apply for a job in the Army, or 18 for the Army Reserve, regardless of background, skills, or experience. There is no one type of person that the Army is looking to recruit, and the current campaign aims to show there is a role to suit everyone.

 

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Pembroke Dock: Lorry driver fined for driving whilst disqualified

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A LORRY driver has been fined after getting behind the wheel only three months after being disqualified from driving.

Gary Phillip Blackman, from County Meath, was transporting food worth 75,000 Euro in a HGV when he arrived at Pembroke Dock Port.The 56-year-old was stopped by Dyfed-Powys Police officers in Kilgetty on Wednesday, May 29.

The roads policing unit was carrying out checks as part of Covid-19 legislation operations when they received information that the driver had made his way into Wales.Checks showed the driver was listed as Blackman, who had been disqualified for six months in February.His identity was confirmed by a mobile fingerprint device, and he said he had been informed he was disqualified but disputed it as he had not received a postal notification of the court result.

Blackman was arrested on suspicion of driving while disqualified and with no insurance, and was charged later that day. He appeared at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, May 28, where he was issued with a fine and costs totalling £239.

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Local MP’s concern at re-opening of Mc Donald’s Drive Thrus

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A LOCAL MP has expressed his concern regarding the planned re-opening of the Mc Donald’s Drive Thru in Haverfordwest.

Stephen Crabb MP said that it is an issue which is certain to ‘divide public opinion’.

Posting on his Facebook page, the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP said: “I am a big fan of McDonald’s but I have some concerns which I have discussed with their regional management. Firstly, there is not a lot of room for cars there so I would be concerned if a congestion problem is created in the car park and at the junction with the Merlin’s Bridge roundabout. I also raised the issue of littering which is something I know they have worked hard to reduce in the past.

They have assured me they will be doing at least 3 daily litter picks around the site and picking up all litter – not just their own wrappers which have been chucked away.

I was pleased to hear they have a clear plan for protecting staff and will be sticking to all Welsh Government guidelines. I think they will need to keep things under review but, if they can re-open safely and with the support of staff and customers, I think that’s a positive thing.”

McDonald’s will reopen all of its 1,000 restaurants in the UK and Ireland for drive-through or delivery by 4 June, as it returns to trading after the coronavirus shutdown.

The fast food chain reopened 33 of its drive-throughs in south-east England last week.

McDonald’s said all remaining branches would reopen between Tuesday and Thursday next week. It will announce which Golden Arches branch is reopening only on the morning that service is resuming in order to manage demand.

The burger chain is trying to avoid a repeat of its experience in France and Switzerland, where advance notice of drive-through reopenings led to queues of up to seven hours in some locations.

The company said it was working with local authorities and police in the run-up to the reopenings in the UK and Ireland after almost two months’ closure.

McDonald’s, along with its competitors Burger King, KFC and Nando’s, have been trialling phased reopenings of their restaurants, with increased safety measures.

Staff at McDonald’s are protected from customers by perspex screens installed at the drive-through windows, and from their colleagues inside the restaurant’s kitchens. The company has introduced physical distancing inside the restaurants, including floor markings in each branch.

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Amphetamine worth £22,500 found in car at Pembroke Dock

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Two men who claimed to have driven from Cardiff to Pembroke Dock for a cleaning job were found to have amphetamine worth around £22,500 in their car.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers stopped the men while patrolling the arterial routes around the town as part of Covid-19 operations on Tuesday, May 26.

When asked by police if their journey was essential, the pair said they were on their way to carry out some cleaning work. When prompted for more information, they were unable to provide further details, raising officers’ suspicions about their motive for travelling more than 100 miles.

The Citoen C2 was searched, with 7g of amphetamine and 15g of cannabis found in the front. Further searches uncovered a block of amphetamine weighing over 2kg. The street value is estimated to be around £22,500.

The men – aged 22 and 37 – were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. The 37-year-old driver was also arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drugs.

Both have been released under investigation pending further enquiries by CID officers.

Pembrokeshire Superintendent Ross Evans said: “This is an excellent example of proactive policing being carried out in the division, with people outside the area being challenged over unnecessary travel.

“This seizure has prevented a large amount of the class B drug amphetamine from entering the supply chain in Pembrokeshire.

“Drug dealers are taking a gamble with trying to bring large amounts of illegal substances into the area, and we have seen numerous arrests for possession with intent to supply in recent weeks.”

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