Could Veterans’ Gateway help you find a new career path?
Veterans seeking employment on civvy street can take advantage of a new service: Veterans’ Gateway. It aims to provide a first point of contact for Veterans and their families who need support in areas such as employment, housing, finance and mental health.
Veterans’ Gateway works with specialist employment referral partners that can not only help Service leavers transition out of the Armed Forces, but also those who are looking to change careers and even start up their own businesses. On page 56 you can read all about how the Veterans’ Gateway helped former soldier Jel Bearder fulfil his dream of working for British Military Fitness. He says: ‘Leaving the Forces and then having to choose and find a new career can be a really challenging time. You need support around you and having experts on hand is vital. The service offered by Veterans’ Gateway invaluable for those beginning or already on their journey to a new career. Having done it myself I’d say to any Veteran to use what help is out there. It’s given me a direction and purpose and, if 2018 is your year for finding a new path, contact the service to see if there’s support available.’
Says assistant director of Veterans’ Gateway, Mark Collins, ‘Leaving the Armed Forces can be challenging and sometimes overwhelming. We aim to assist Veterans in identifying what support is available to them or their circumstances, and who’s best to give it. No matter what stage they are at, there are experts on hand to help with a range of employment services.’
Veterans’ Gateway is a consortium project delivered by The Royal British Legion, Combat Stress, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, Poppyscotland and Connect Assist. To get in touch, call: 0808 802 1212 or visit www.veteransgateway.org.uk
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