Not enough advice is being given to prepare Ex-Military for civilian life.

Published on by Nadine Vieira (author), Jonaqline Addai (editor)

Location(s): Hastings

Reporter Nadine Vieira  with Marc Dolby Head of administration at Mais House (photo: Sophie Weaver)
Reporter Nadine Vieira with Marc Dolby Head of administration at Mais House

There is ‘big gap’ between the promise and reality of finding work after leaving the armed forces, says The Mind Trust Association

Research from the three organisations suggests that while 87% of firms know about schemes to help ex-military, fewer than one in four (24%) use them.

The group spoke to 300 companies with six million employees.

Meanwhile, according to separate data, veterans are nearly twice as likely to be jobless.

However, Ex-Royal Navy Marc Dolby that now works for the Royal British Legion in Bexhill says that help is available to Veterans however, they need to be more prepared before the enter back into civilian life.

‘There is a lot more that the military teach you like communication, team player, just personal qualities that really does help. They won’t get you the job, but they do get you a lot of trade skills that really do help.’

When hiring employee’s businesses will choose who is more qualified for the job roles they require. While Ex-militants are can be more than able to learn the role. There are people applying for the same job that have skills more specific to the employer’s needs.

There are 16,000 men and women that leave the armed forces each year and there are currently 2.6 million veterans in the UK. Marc suggested there are many charities and schemes that will assist people getting a job.

‘There is tons of training, advice services, workshops, you just need to tap into that, the military will not drag you and say go and do it, I actually took full advantage if it and absolutely fantastic.’

One of the main ones is CivvyStreet created by the Royal British Legion who aim to provide a chance for people who are looking for employment opportunities and a chance to redeploy the skills learned while serving. This is vital information for all ex-armed forces who aim to transition their skills to regular civilian jobs. To get assistance from The Royal British legion they only require a militant to be in service for 7 days before they are entitled to all their services and assistance for life.

There is also less known assistance for example, Project Fortis which is an online network that offers advice and support to veterans in the UK. It can be compared as a LinkedIn for people who have left the armed forces, it is available and free to anyone that has served in the forces.

For more information, please visit: https://www.civvystreet.org/

And https://www.ssafa.org.uk/help-you/currently-serving/armed-forces-transition-support?gclid=CM6itOSButACFY8y0wodQD4H2w

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