Gristwood and Toms to support British Forces Resettlement Service, as unemployment remains at a four-decade low.

The British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) National Employment & Careers Fair, returns to Aldershot on the 25th January 2018. Gristwood and Toms, the nation’s leading arboricultural services provider will attend the event along with over 75 other companies, all with one thing in common… to gain access to some of the UKs best talent.

According to the latest government figures, the unemployment rate is at its lowest rate since 1975, with 32.08 million people in work. There are also a record number of vacancies (798,000) in the economy at any one time. This is fantastic news, for those personnel leaving HM Forces in 2018 and any one from the Armed Forces Community (AFC), considering a career change.

Gristwood and Toms are hoping to attract transitioning Service Leavers into a new and rewarding career in arboriculture and, due to continuing expansion, has a number of current vacancies on offer. Job openings include lead climbers, secondary climbers, ground staff and general labourers throughout Greater and Central London, the South and East of England. The company has a good heritage of employing ex-service personnel and is committed to supporting the armed forces community.

Neil Dean, Managing Director of BFRS said,

“Companies like Gristwood and Toms, who exhibit with BFRS, reconise the wealth of experience and valuable skill sets that ex-military personnel have. We are seeing more and more companies sign up to our National Employment & Careers Fairs. We even had to turn away employers, due to the overwhelming interest from companies wishing to employ from the AFC.”

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee CVO CBE, Chief of Defence People, writes:

“For many, the transition from military service into civilian life represents one of the most significant changes an individual and their family will ever experience. It is right that, as a Department, we provide as comprehensive a resettlement offer as possible, and I am proud of the work that we do, with partners such as the British Forces Resettlement Services (BFRS) organisation, to support our remarkable veterans and their loved ones.”

With over 2000 career openings available at this event, it truly highlights the commitment of companies’ like Gristwood and Toms to provide a positive future for the AFC. It also means people from the Armed Forces Community can choose from a vast array of careers open to them when returning to the civilian jobs market.


Gristwood and Toms exhibiting at a previous BFRS Careers Fair in Tidworth.



Anyone interested in a career in arboriculture, should visit Gristwood and Toms careers page online to see current vacancies –