We are delighted to award a £20,000 grant to Prisoners’ Education Trust (PET) towards its distance learning courses for ex-Army prisoners.

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity funds several charities that provide education and training opportunities to Army veterans. PET offers distance learning courses in prisons in England and Wales; the courses enable prisoners to gain new skills and increase their chances of employment on release.

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In 2022, PET funded 82 study applications from veterans in prison. Veterans are motivated to learn and have an excellent record of course completion. Our grant will fund various courses for 34 ex-Army prisoners, covering GCSEs, A-levels and OU studies, as well as mentoring, health and safety and risk management.

Jordan is an Army veteran who gained a PET Certificate in National and International Freight to develop his Army logistics skills. He says:

“Having the opportunity to study through PET has allowed me to continue my progression in a field of previous employment which has given me the confidence to rejoin my profession upon my release. I have also greatly benefitted mentally from having the goal of completing my course, which has kept me focused.”

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

“Education and training support for Army veterans is an important area for our charity. PET has an impressive record in helping to transform lives through learning and study opportunities. We were pleased to award another grant to its work this year.”

Read more about Prisoners’ Education Trust here.

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