We are delighted to award a £270,000 grant to the Forces Employment Charity (FEC) to fund its Ex-Forces Employment Programme supporting Army veterans.

Helping veterans to find rewarding civilian careers is a priority for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The FEC delivers tailored employment services to the Armed Forces community and last year it supported around 22,000 veterans and families. The charity’s Ex-Forces Employment Programme supported 3,086 beneficiaries, 2,136 of whom were Army veterans, and 40 per cent were placed into new jobs.

Darren is a veteran who served in the Royal Logistic Corps for over 20 years. The FEC helped him secure a new job as a Forestry Operative and he was promoted later on to Employment Supervisor. Darren says: “My employment advisor helped me through some of the difficulties in finding funding and getting the qualifications needed to start a new career. Getting my new job has given me a sense of achievement.”

Alistair Halliday, Chief Executive, Forces Employment Charity, said:

“The past year has been tough for many, with fluctuations in the jobs market and a steady rise in the cost of living. The good news is that we are seeing an increasing number of employers actively looking to former armed forces personnel as an important source of talent for their businesses. Thanks to the generous support of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, we have been able to ensure that our Ex-Forces programme is always there to provide support to every former soldier who needs help with the next stage of their civilian career.”

Royal Logistic Corps veteran Darren, beneficiary

Brigadier (Ret’d) Peter Monteith, Chief Operating Officer at ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, added:

“The FEC is one of our closest partners in helping Army veterans find rewarding civilian employment after service, giving them financial stability and independence for them and their families. Its programmes are widely appreciated across the Army veteran community.”

Read more about the Forces Employment Charity here.

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