A SOCIAL enterprise dedicated to supporting veterans into employment has been awarded a £50,000 grant from the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity to further support and improve the competitiveness of 250 ex-Army jobseekers in 2016.
SaluteMyJob, founded in 2014, is dedicated to the provision of veteran focussed consultancy, recruitment and assessment Services to employers.
SaluteMyJob also offers a range of one-on-one support to ex-military job-seekers, to improve their competitiveness and to help make that transition from military life to civilian street and commercial employment easier.
Through the grant, from the ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the social enterprise hopes to improve the competitiveness of ex-military job seekers and to also help break down the significant barriers faced by both employers and veterans.
Andrew Jackson, Managing Director at SaluteMyJob, said: “We are finding that, too often, ex-military jobseekers lose their fight for a job because they are seen as uncompetitive candidates.
“The ABF The Soldiers' Charity grant allows us to commit additional resources to the task of improving the competitiveness of ex-military jobseekers.”
The goal in 2016, is for SaluteMyJob to actively support 250 ex-Army jobseekers into employment through the grant - as well as improving the competitiveness of ex-military jobseekers.
“SaluteMyJob's 'High Tech, High Touch' approach enables us to deliver support efficiently,” added Brigadier Jackson.
“The grant allows us to commit more of our Employment Consultants' time to the 'High Touch' part and to support many more people.
One of SaluteMyJob’s candidates, who we are actively supporting, was full of praise for the expert advice and one-on-one experience he received when he registered with us.
Alan Edwards, described the service of one of our recruitment consultants as “nothing less than outstanding”.
“The manner in which I was guided through each aspect of the process, gives you a high level of understanding, confidence and the feeling they are right there supporting you all the way. Without question they goes the extra mile for their clients,” he said.
The ABF The Soldiers' Charity will enable SaluteMyJob to support a much larger volume of ex-Army jobseekers with the support they need to become competitive candidates for jobs in commercial and Third Sector organisations.
The ABF The Soldiers' Charity give a lifetime of support to soldiers and former soldiers from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need, making 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.
General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE, Chairman of SaluteMyJob, said the grant was a “vote in confidence” for the company.
“This grant is welcome and much needed support to ex-Army jobseekers. The funding will enable SaluteMyJob to support more jobseekers with increased support,” General Parker said.
“It is also a vote of confidence in SaluteMyJob's work with employers and veterans alike.”
Brigadier Jackson added: “In our experience, there is no shortage of enthusiastic employers who are keen to support former Service men and women and invite them to apply for jobs.
“The challenge is to help ex-military jobseekers to compete successfully for these roles.
“There are significant barriers faced by both employers and ex-military jobseeker alike; this grant allows us to dedicate more resources to help veterans overcome these barriers to successful employment in commercial and Third Sector organisations.”