THE army is launching a major recruitment drive in Bolton as part of a national campaign.

Next Tuesday’s two-hour event, starting at 7.30pm, is run by Bolton’s 216 Battery, Royal Artillery, at the Bolton Army Reserve Centre in Nelson Street, Bolton.

More than 6,000 jobs, from mechanics to veterinary technicians and fitness instructors are on offer.

The public can speak to serving soldiers to get an understanding of army life and see a variety of the latest kit and equipment.

Brigadier Andrew Jackson, the director of army recruiting and training, said, “Joining the army Reserve is an exciting opportunity for anyone looking to do something extra with their time and benefit from a rewarding experience outside of normal working hours.

“These events aim to showcase the broad range of jobs and world class training and development prospects available to anyone who is interested in joining or who thinks they know someone who would want to find out more.

“No matter what your skills or background, the army reserve has something to offer you.

“There is much more beyond military skill; it can take you abroad, equip you with new skills, give you invaluable experience and develop strengths you didn’t know you had.” The Ministry of Defence will be investing an additional £1.8 billion over 10 years in the army reserve, it says, to fund better training and modern equipment.

It will also be boosting its trained staff with new incentives such as increasing pay through a paid annual leave entitlement and giving better access to welfare support and health services.

Go here for details about career opportunities available in the army reserve.