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DIRICKX Systems' Ben Jenkins Attends the Cadet Careers Fair 2024

As new signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant and trusted suppliers to the UK MoD, at DIRICKX Systems we take our responsibility to military service personnel, veterans and their families very seriously. That’s why we were delighted to send one of our own - Ben Jenkins - to the Cadet Careers Fair, which took place on Saturday 10th February 2024 at Askham Bryan College in York. This worthwhile event - organised to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week - aims to give back to the next generation; improving the employment prospects of young cadets by helping them develop important life skills, whilst making valuable connections for the future.

Pauline King, Regional Employer Engagement Director for the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, Yorkshire & the Humber, organised the event. She said: “Following the success of our inaugural Cadet Careers Fair in 2023, it was great to host a bigger and better event this year with over 55 employers exhibiting on the day, all of whom wanted to engage directly with uniformed cadets. Organisations of all sizes and from all sectors took the opportunity to chat with tri-service (army, sea and air) cadets about apprenticeships, career pathways, work experience and placements, as they recognise the benefits and work-ready life skills that cadets can bring to their business.”

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DIRICKX Systems’ Regional Sales Director and a former Royal Engineer, Ben Jenkins was delighted to be invited to take part in the fair’s programme of interactive workshops, where he had the opportunity to share some of his stories, expertise and careers advice with members of the Sea Cadets, Army Cadet Force and Air Training Corps from the region.


Ben said: “It was great to speak to members of the Combined Cadet Forces during the event. I was really impressed by their enthusiasm, energy and ambition. It’s easy to forget how difficult it can be to make life-changing decisions at such a young age, and having served in the Royal Engineers for 20 years, I was able to pass on some of my experience, and advise the cadets on the transition from leaving school to a career in the military. Deciding on a career is a big step, so I hope that the Careers Fair helped these young cadets to make an informed choice about their future.” 

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As signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant and a proud supporter of those who serve, DIRICKX Systems was delighted to support this important event in our local community, and we look forward to continuing these collaborations in the future.