A VETERAN from Catterick has been chosen to launch a new military recruitment scheme by a hotel chain in time for Armed Forces Day.

Hotel worker Heath Reynolds has launched a scheme by Premier Inn, which is joining forces with the Ministry of Defence to help veterans back into work, and to make it easier for the spouses and partners of serving personnel find jobs UK-wide.

The Premier Inn owner will be creating over a thousand new jobs at over twenty hotels which are opening across the country over the next year – and is actively looking for veterans and spouses of serving personnel to fill the roles.

Whitbread will be working with the Career Transition Partnership – the Ministry of Defence’s official provider of Armed Forces Resettlement – to help advertise all its roles.

Heath Reynolds works as a night porter in Premier Inn Catterick, he previously served 23 years in the army.

He said: “It’s very surreal when you leave the armed forces. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do or what skills I had that would be transferable to other roles. I think this scheme is so important as it is good for military to know that they have a place to work after they leave the forces."