Career Transition Partnership

The Career Transition Partnership is there to help ex-service people to find a new civilian career or job and help employers to recruit the best.


The CTP is a partnering agreement between the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and Right Management, global career development and outplacement specialists to provide resettlement support. This support assists personnel leaving the armed forces to prepare for entering the civilian job market and to make a successful transition to employment, or achieve the wider vocational outcome they seek.

The CTP provides resettlement support through 10 resettlement centres throughout the UK and 1 in Germany. Vocational training is primarily delivered at the CTP’s flagship Resettlement Training Centre (RTC) located in Aldershot and in CTP centres across the UK.

CTP staff have delivered resettlement support for nearly 20 years and understand the military way of life and the challenges facing people making the transition to civilian life. Although primarily focused on helping service leavers to find suitable employment in a second career, the resettlement provision also includes preparations for civilian life for those who are planning to retire or going into full time education.

Provision of resettlement starts up to 2 years before an individual is due to leave the armed forces and continues for up to 2 years post discharge. In the case of wounded injured and sick (WIS) personnel this timeline can be longer, depending on the nature of their condition and the medical pathway. This provision is graduated and dependent upon the length of time they have served.

The CTP administers a high quality, free recruitment service for employers seeking the best. This includes an online vacancy database called RightJob, employment fairs around the UK, and a team of Employer Relations Managers who are available to advise and assist with employer’s recruitment needs.


Everyone on the trained strength is eligible to see a 1st and 2nd line officer for information and advice on resettlement at any time during their careers. Entitlement to Resettlement provision via the CTP is grouped into different programmes depending on length of service. There are 2 exceptions:

a. Medical discharges

Service leavers who are medically discharged, including wounded, injured and sick service personnel automatically qualify for the Core Resettlement Programme (CRP), regardless of time served. Where the single services deem that additional support is required, the individual is also entitled to access CTP Assist which offers specialist support.

In addition to all of the CRP services, the 3 critical elements of support given within CTP Assist are: a Vocational Assessment, referral to a Specialist Employment Consultant and access to a vocational opportunities portal.

b. Any individual who:-

  1. has served less than 4 years

  2. has served more than 4 years and has lost their entitlement to either the Core Resettlement Programme (CRP) or the Employment Support Programme (ESP) due to the nature of their discharge.

These individuals are classed as an early service leavers (ESL). All ESL can access CTP Future Horizons. This programme gives individual service leaver access to myPlan and RightJob via an assessment of needs conducted pre-discharge by an Employment Advisor (EA). Depending on an individual’s need they are supported either by the wider EA team or by the Central Employment Team (CET) Career Advisors (CA).

In addition, all service leavers have access to briefs on housing advice, provided by the Joint Service Housing Advice Organisation (JSHAO).

The service leaver programmes are outlined below:

Employment Support Programme

The Employment Support Programme (ESP) is available, through the CTP to service leavers who complete between 4 and 6 years’ service. This gives access to the job finding service and CTP assistance that directly supports job finding. Individuals on the ESP are not entitled to Graduated Resettlement Time (GRT) however; ESP personnel may attend training events on a standby basis, self-funded. The ESP programme includes a 1 day workshop; one to one career consultant support; financial and housing briefs, online tools (myPlan, RightJob, online directory); one to one employment support; employment fairs and company recruitment presentations.

The service leaver will also have access to a comprehensive database of jobs called RightJob, many of which are available exclusively to service leavers, and employment advisors can offer job finding advice.

Core Resettlement Programme

The Core Resettlement Programme (CRP) is available through the CTP for service leavers who have completed 6 years’ or more service and commences up to two years prior to discharge until two year post discharge. Those eligible for the CRP are entitled to up to 35 days Graduated Resettlement Time (GRT) prior to discharge which is time to conduct resettlement activities (the number of days is dependent upon length of service with the maximum of 35 days available to those who serve 16 years or more).

The CRP programme includes:

  • allocation of a personal career consultant, with whom the service leaver can have unlimited contact and one-to-one support
  • core and additional workshops, which will assist service leavers in producing a CV, researching the job market, preparing for an interview and responding to job adverts, importance of networking and using social media for job searching
  • access to vocational training so that transferable skills which service leavers develop during their time in the armed forces can lead to equivalent civilian qualifications or to gain brand new skills
  • financial and housing briefs
  • access to online assessment tools (MyPlan) including an online Personal Resettlement Plan (PRP)
  • opportunity to attend employment fairs, company recruitment presentations and online Live Chats with employers
  • access to RightJob (online job matching and jobs board)
  • there are also options which give guidance to those service leavers who intend to enter into full-time education or retire after leaving the armed forces

Resettlement training

Service leavers have access to a range of vocational training courses delivered both at the CTP’s flagship Resettlement Training Centre (RTC) located in Aldershot and in CTP centres across the UK. CTP is unique in that it offers a training programme delivered under the MOD contract which consists of a range of courses that are ‘pre-paid’ by MOD and only ‘cost’ the service leaver their time.

Courses fall into 4 broad categories of management, electrical engineering, building trades and IT with the intention of preparing service leavers for employment by offering commercially recognised qualifications. Others give life skills and suit those going into retirement or selfemployment.

Management based courses include qualifications for the health and safety, logistics, project management, facilities management, school business management and education sectors to name some.

The engineering department offers an industry recognised route into electrical installation roles and IT courses offer the skills and knowledge required by this ever growing sector. The building trades department offers courses that teach life skills and prepares service leavers for entry to the construction sector or self employment as a property developer or sole trader.

All courses are tailored to service leaver needs with many having bespoke content or delivery models to assist them to gain qualifications in the time allowed during resettlement. All courses are quality controlled so that the service leaver can book with confidence.

Service leavers may also undertake training through a network of external, civilian training organisations, known as preferred suppliers, which are managed by Right Management on behalf on MOD who own the Preferred Supplier List (PSL).

The CTP is the single source for all official armed forces resettlement services and MOD promotes a principle of ‘CTP first’. CTP Programmes are funded through the MOD at no cost to the service leaver.

For those service leavers entitled to vocational training, where there is a CTP course available (whether contract funded or noncontract funded), these must be used before accessing external training. External training must then only be accessed in accordance with the mandatory priority order of Resettlement Training Options shown below:

a. Priority 1: CTP Contract-Funded (CF) courses
b. Priority 2: CTP Non-Contract-Funded (NCF) courses. 62 JSP 534, Issue 14, October 2015
c. Priority 3: Resettlement Preferred Supplier List (PSL) and/or ELCAS Approved Provider List (APL) courses
d. Priority 4: External training suppliers not on PSL

Medical discharges

Service leavers who are being, or likely to be medically discharged, regardless of length of service and are deemed by their single services to require additional support are entitled to all elements of the Core Resettlement Programme plus the Specialist Support Programme (SSP).

The SSP consists of the CRP plus Core Recovery Events, a Vocational Assessment and access to a Specialist Employment Consultant (SES) who will help the individual create a bespoke resettlement plan. This resettlement pathway is called CTP Assist.

It is recognised that medical discharge service leavers often need longer in resettlement to achieve the vocational success they seek; since February 2013 the single services can load any and all medically discharging personnel, and those they assess as likely to medically discharge into resettlement as soon as it is appropriate for the individual.

For those who are not able to undertake resettlement services because of their medical condition, it is possible to defer resettlement for up to 2 years after discharge and, in extreme cases resettlement provision may be transferred to the spouse of the service leaver.

CTP Future Horizons

Service leavers who complete less than 4 years, or who are compulsorily discharged, are referred to as early service leavers (ESL). CTP Future Horizons is available for all ESL and is designed to provide a comprehensive transition programme which assists the ESL to find and remain in a sustainable vocational outcome, including employment. It is based on a needs assessment and provides access to the required training, personal development and educational courses to overcome individualised barriers to work and ensure individuals are moving towards being ‘job ready’ and to find suitable employment once discharged from the service.

Contact may also be made on behalf of the ESL with the Joint Service Housing Advice Office (JSHAO) or the Single Persons Accommodation Centre for the Ex-Services (SPACES) if there are accommodation issues, and/or with service charities if appropriate.

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Published 12 December 2012
Last updated 19 October 2015 + show all updates
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