RFEA The Forces Employment Charity to deliver the Mayor of London’s programme to support veterans into employment

RFEA The Forces Employment Charity will work with Team London, the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme, to deliver Forces for London. This new initiative is co-funded by the European Social Fund and the Mayor of London to increase the employment rate of veterans in London.

Many veterans struggle to find a job after their military service. By 2020, Forces for London will support 200 veterans who face such barriers, all of whom will receive mentoring support, with 190 completing volunteering, and more than 120 securing meaningful sustained employment, training or education.

The programme will work with veteran support charities, social enterprises and local businesses and give veterans access to a broad range of volunteering opportunities, mentoring and employability training. This will help them to gain experience, develop new skills and translate their existing skills into ones that are valued by the civilian workplace.

Stephen Gledhill, RFEA’s Chief Executive, said: “We are very pleased to be working with the Mayor of London and increasing our support for veterans in London. London can be a daunting place to find work and this programme means a dedicated team based in London that really understands the unique issues faced by veterans in our Capital. We are delighted to be delivering this programme in partnership with Walking with the Wounded and Stoll.”

Notes to editors

About RFEA:

For further information about RFEA, contact Sarah Stokes, Communications Manager (sarah.stokes@rfea.org.uk or 07805 725238)

RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity – exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to service leavers and veterans, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, we have the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. We work in partnership with other organisations and employers who, like us, respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of all those who have served.

About Team London:

Team London is the Mayor of London’s volunteering programme. The team runs programmes which use volunteering and social action to positively impact on Londoners and their communities. The team supports the Mayor’s commitments of increasing social integration, reducing barriers to social mobility and increasing engagement with all of London’s communities.

 

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