Last week The Prince’s Trust signed the Armed Forces Covenant, promising a package of measures to help the employment prospects of people leaving the Armed Forces, wounded personnel, and Service families.

Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust said: “While the leap from military to civilian employment can often seem daunting to service men and women, they have an invaluable set of skills and should receive the best possible support from employers across the UK as they establish a fulfilling second career.

The Prince’s Trust has always been committed to helping military personnel make the transition into civilian life. We have helped many employees with military backgrounds to flourish in careers and hope to continue this support in the years to come.

As part of our commitment to ensure the Armed Forces Community does not face disadvantage, The Trust offers 30 work placements for Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) personnel and provides 100 places on our in Get into Health and Social Care programme.

Following the signing of the Covenant, The Prince’s Trust will also promote its Enterprise programme to young Service leavers and Service spouses and partners to support them into employment and self-employment.

For Trust staff there are Covenant commitments to provide up to five days paid leave to serving Reservists, and flexibility in granting leave to spouses and partners before, during and after their partner has been deployed.

We also work in partnership with Help for Heroes to enable around 30 WIS tri-service personnel to access secondments on the Team programme each year. These placements offer participants the chance to apply their skills to youth work and experience a new way of working in a civilian environment.

Jimmy Thorpe, an ex-soldier who was wounded in service, established a new career in youth work with The Trust after leaving the Armed Forces. He says,

If The Prince’s Trust had not believed in me when I was in transition, short in self confidence and full of self doubt, I do not know where I would be. I see the same uncertainty in the young people we work with and know that with the right support and encouragement opportunities that seemed impossible can be grasped.

Hugh Purcell, Chief Executive of the Reserve Forces’ and Cadet’s Association for Greater London welcomed the latest Armed Forces Covenant signing:

“Signing the Armed Forces Covenant is a tangible demonstration of an organisation’s determination to do the right thing for serving Regulars and Reserves, veterans and Service families.

“By making these commitments The Prince’s Trust has demonstrated how they can help make a difference to the future prospects of many in the Armed Forces Community and spread the wider message of support through the many excellent programmes the Trust runs.”

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