South Yorkshire careers office closure worries

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CLOSURE of Barnsley’s Army recruitment office has been criticised by MP Dan Jarvis.

The Labour MP for Barnsley Central, a former Parachute Regiment veteran, is unhappy at plans to shut the facility in June. The last recruit is due to be processed on Wednesday, April 18, before Army recruitment is handed over to the private sector as the Ministry of Defence cuts costs.

Mr Jarvis believes there is a danger new recruits may not have the quality of careers advice they currently receive.

He said: “The news also comes at a time when more people from Barnsley are interested in serving our country. Last year, the Army recruitment office at Barnsley Interchange hoped to recruit 75 new soldiers. They ended the year having recruited 80. Recruitment must be conducted in a way that puts military experience first.”