ABF The Soldiers’ Charity provides £40,000 grant to support 350 ex-Army jobseekers into commercial employment

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.

The grant funds SaluteMyJob’s work to improve the competitiveness of transitioning former Army candidates for roles in the private, public and third sectors. SaluteMyJob’s targeted, individual support to jobseekers complements the outplacement services provided by the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership and Service charities, delivering employment services to veterans.

The grant will enable SaluteMyJob to provide a comprehensive employment support service, delivered by professional consultants, who have knowledge and experience with both the Armed Forces and commercial recruitment. Apart from much needed careers and CV advice, SaluteMyJob offer jobseekers unique access to tools routinely used by employers, such as online assessments and video interviewing tools.

I hope that SaluteMyJob can gain the reputation as a source of highly trained analysts for the public and private sector.
— Andrew Jackson

Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, explained: “In addition to providing professional advice and employment support, the ABF The Soldiers' Charity grant allows us to increase the job-relevant training opportunities available to ex-military people, targeting known skills shortages, such as cyber security. For example, SaluteMyJob, in partnership with IBM, The Corsham Institute, and employers, trains ex-military jobseekers – at no cost to them - on IBM’s data analysis and cyber tools.”

Around 100 veterans have now been trained on courses at The Corsham Institute’s Hartham Park facility. The tools are widely used in the Cyber Security industry, where there is a critical shortage of suitably qualified consultants, security operations centre (SOC) managers, and technicians.

Mr Jackson added: “I hope that SaluteMyJob can gain the reputation as a source of highly trained analysts for the public and private sector."

Martin Addison-Smith who successfully passed the IBM’s i2 Analyst Notebook course, praised the SaluteMyJob, IBM and the Corsham Institute partnership, and said it was “the support veterans should get.”

He said: “There are 101 training companies in the market trying to get you to part with money rather than having a genuine desire to help people, to the point where I am reluctant to sign up to anything. This partnership between IBM, SaluteMyJob and the Corsham Institute, is absolutely the support that resettlers and veterans should get.”

SaluteMyJob provides a great platform for those who need employment guidance, which the Charity feels is vital to support.
— Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon

ABF The Soldiers' Charity give a lifetime of support to soldiers, veterans, and their immediate families, when they are in need. They make grants to individuals through their Regiments and Corps and support a wide range of specialist charities that sustain the British Army ‘family’, both at home and around the world.

Brigadier (Ret’d) Robin Bacon, Chief of Staff at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity commented: “The Soldiers’ Charity is here to help soldiers and veterans for life, with genuine need, not want, being our guiding principle. SaluteMyJob provides a great platform for those who need employment guidance, which the Charity feels is vital to support.”