Helping Early Service Leavers into work

01/15/2016 Fraser Bedwell

Unemployed veterans aged 16-29 can now benefit from paid work placements thanks to a new partnership initiative.

Community Jobs Scotland is offering 50 paid placements to Early Service Leavers with opportunities in third sector organisations across Scotland. The placements will offer a contract of employment from 26 weeks to one year and will guarantee at least the national minimum wage.

Poppyscotland is one of the ex-Service charity partners of the scheme, which is delivered by SCVO on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Gary Gray, Head of Welfare Services at Poppyscotland, said: “Poppyscotland is delighted to be working in partnership with Community Jobs Scotland. Armed Forces veterans offer employers a unique and extremely valuable skill set, but the transition from the military to civilian workplace can be very challenging. Connecting those who are out of work with opportunities within the voluntary sector is a win-win.

“This Government funding will broaden the employment horizons for many veterans, offering them a much brighter future, and will also provide great value to organisations who play such a crucial role in supporting the disadvantaged and vulnerable in our society.”

The range of opportunities available is varied and includes administration, catering, driving, gardening, IT, retail and warehousing.

Places must be filled by 31 March and veterans wishing to apply or find out more are advised to contact Poppyscotland in the first instance to take advantage of this opportunity.

To find out more contact Dot Pringle at Poppyscotland by calling 0131 550 1568 or click here to send an email.