SaluteMyJob has been awarded £40,000 by ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. This grant will help to improve the competitiveness of 350 ex-Army jobseekers by providing a unique programme of employment support activities.
Jo Parkes is a Project Officer at RAF Air Cadet headquarters and has been since 2004. She always wanted to be become a volunteer after she joined as a cadet 10 years earlier when she was 15. Jo chats to SaluteMyJob about how employers and ex-Service men and women can get involved with the air cadets - and how rewarding being a volunteer can be.
To coincide with the launch of Veterans’ Gateway, SaluteMyJob interviewed a number of ex-military personnel for individual case studies, showcasing the struggles - and the achievements of ex-military personnel who have transitioned into Civvy Street. ‘Veterans’ Gateway’ is promising to revolutionise a military charity sector by providing a first point of contact for veterans seeking support.
Carl Salmond is a former Warrant Officer 1st Class with the 1st Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment. He left the Army in 2008 after 22 years of exemplary military service. He has since gained extensive experience as a security consultant, managing and leading close protection and surveillance teams and facilitating and delivering security training courses. Since leaving the Army, Carl has also starred alongside Hollywood stars, taking on extra roles through a military casting agency and is about to begin a new career as a Prison Officer.
Craig Slicker, a former Lance Corporal left the Infantry in 2013 after 17-years’ service. After being made redundant, Craig has continued to struggle to find the right role which suits his experience and skills. He believes Veterans’ Gateway will be a great tool for people struggling to find work and adjust to life outside the military - something he is still battling.
Andrew McAtee is a former Substantive Corporal in the Army. He joined in 1994 and left in 2016 after 22 years’ service, starting his career with the Royal Irish Regiment for 14 years, transferring to The Rifles in 2009, then moving to Preston for the final two years to 3 Medical Regiment. Andrew was medically discharged and was deemed unfit to work, due to a shoulder injury sustained in Afghanistan and PTSD and is currently studying for a degree at Salford University.
Stephen McCue is a former Sergeant in the Royal Armoured Corps. In 2009 he sustained serious injuries while in Afghanistan after his armoured vehicle was hit by an IED. He was medically discharged in 2013 and although he initially struggled during his resettlement period - he really enjoyed moving into civvy street and now has a successful career.
Jonathan Bebbington is a former Captain in the Royal Logistics Corps. He had an exemplary military career and left the Army in 2012 after 28 years. Since then, although highly experienced, with a huge amount of transferable skills, Jonathan has really struggled to find employment.