The Daily Telegraph has today (Thursday 30 January) provided the Legion with some positive national news coverage about our employment services that helps members of the military readjust to life on Civvy Street, after leaving the Forces.
We were given a platform to show how we will support our beneficiaries in response to the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) plans to axe 1,505 Service personnel’s jobs. The opportunity has enabled us to highlight our Civvy Street service https://www.civvystreet.org/ which helps with a range of issues around resettlement including re-training, employment opportunities and also help with CV building and interview tips.
Alan Tovey, News Editor for The Daily Telegraph reported that the Legion has “helped former soldiers turn their hand to new professions, including fitness training, rock climbing instruction, accountancy, web development and even hypnotherapy.
“They will provide contacts with companies keen to take on people who have served; help teach basic skills, such as writing a CV and interview technique; provide funding for training; or tools to start a business.”
Our support from Dragons Den celebrities for the military – the show aims to help aspiring entrepreneurs make it big – was also flagged: “The Legion also has celebrity supporters banging the drum for the military, including Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne.”
Duncan explained: “As a former stoker in the Royal Navy I know that British Armed Forces are second to none. As an entrepreneur and a dragon, I know that service leavers make good business sense. They bring what I look for in terms of discipline, loyalty and a can-do attitude.”
Daniel Elser, the Legion’s Head of Grants, a spokesperson for us said:
“Imagine having gone into the Forces straight from school and spending 20 years there – you won’t have ever written a CV. Also, people in the military can be modest – they see themselves as there to do a job and don’t ‘big themselves up’.
“The biggest challenge faced by military people moving into civvy street is explaining how their skills are applicable in the business world.
“In the military there’s more learning on the job. The difficulty for servicemen is explaining what they did in terms that someone from a different environment can understand.”