AN INNOVATIVE scheme to provide more employment support for veterans across Worcestershire has been given a huge boost – thanks to a £300,000 grant.
The Remember Veterans scheme, officially launched on July 22, will provide veterans with a new referral and helpline service, peer support and help to access training and employment support, reports the Worcester Observer.
The grant of £299,840 from the Armed Forces Covenant, was awarded to West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), John Campion.
The project, in partnership with the Warwickshire PCC, Philip Seccombe, will be delivered across West Mercia over the next two years.
Mr Campion, told the Worcester Observer: “Military personnel dedicate their careers to protecting our country, so it is absolutely right that we show the same dedication to them once they leave the forces.
“The funding for the Armed Forces Covenant will help ensure veterans across West Mercia get better help to reintegrate into civilian society and avoid potential for repeat offending and a life spent inside the criminal justice system.”
Brigadier Andrew Jackson, Managing Director at SaluteMyJob, said the project is a great step in the right direction to give vital employment support to veterans and hoped to see other areas across the UK launching similar schemes.
“There can be, for some former Service men and women, many difficult barriers to overcome as they transition from military life to life on civvy street,” said Brigadier Jackson.
“This project is a great way to help break down those barriers and certain stereotypes often attributed to veterans and in turn with help increase more job opportunities for ex-military personnel.
“This is an important part of what we do at SaluteMyJob. We are dedicated to increasing employment demand and opportunities for former Service men and women. So any project that supports veterans in their road to a new career is a step in the right direction. It would be great to see more schemes like this launched across the UK.”
Go to http://worcesterobserver.co.uk/news/forces-veterans-get-jobs-fund-boost/ to find out more.