Giving people a Fresh Start
We know the passion and energy for work that comes from people who are given an opportunity to kick-start their careers or to turn their lives around, and have programmes in place to recruit and train accordingly. These programmes sit under the banner of 'Fresh Start'.
We believe in the principle that 'no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen' and work closely with services and veteran groups to support the employability of veterans.
We provide training and work experience for people who are transitioning into work. We deliver training sessions in prisons for people who are nearing the end of a sentence and we give work experience to those who demonstrate potential. In 2015, more than 600 people benefitted from a training session and 52 participants completed a four-week work placement with us. As a result, 47 of them secured a permanent job with us. Additionally, we partner with Job Centre Plus to offer the long-term unemployed work experience or paid employment. In 2015, we gave three people a work placement and provided 24 with paid employment.