SaluteMyJob has been awarded £14,400 from the Scottish Veterans Fund to further support and improve the competitiveness of ex-military jobseekers in Scotland.
The funding will go towards SaluteMyJob’s Veterans Employment Support Service, which combines expert employment advisors and purpose built technology to help veterans translate their acquired military knowledge, skills and experience into the language of commercial employers.
Through the Scottish Veterans Fund, in excess of £1 million has been awarded to veterans and ex-Services charities across Scotland. The milestone comes as a further £315,591 of grant funding has been allocated to 19 projects (including SaluteMyJob), with a contribution of over £148,000 from Standard Life.
Established in 2008, the Scottish Veterans Fund has invested £1.129 million to 134 projects since 2008. The funding allocation was awarded following consideration by the new Scottish Veterans Fund panel chaired by the Scottish Veterans Commissioner.
Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, said: “This grant helps SaluteMyJob to provide targeted, professional advice and support to ex-military jobseekers in Scotland. We know that many veterans are unsure about how best to use and translate their acquired military knowledge, skills and experience in the commercial world. The Scottish Veterans’ Fund grant, for which we are grateful, will also us to spend necessary time helping veterans to explore the skills they possess, translate them into commercial language and adapt their attitudes and behaviours for employment in the private, public and Third sectors.”
In a statement, SaluteMyJob’s Veterans Employment Support Service, said: “Veterans are an asset to our society and deserve the best possible care and support. That is why I am delighted to announce that the Scottish Veterans Fund has now provided some £1.1 million to a host of veterans and ex-service charities. The latest award of over £315,000 will support excellent projects that promote employment, social inclusion, health and wellbeing for veterans and their families. Our Veterans Fund is making a real difference to the lives of veterans in Scotland and we hope to attract further investment to boost the Fund’s capacity for future years.”
Sandy MacDonald, Head of Sustainability at Standard Life said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to helping armed forces veterans make the difficult transition from military to civilian life, it is a genuine privilege for us to be able to support this initiative, and the projects that have been selected. We know from our own experience of employing armed forces veterans, the unique skills and experience they bring with them can be of huge advantage to employers, as well as to the wider community.”