Poppyscotland is hosting an event in Inverness next week to highlight the range of support available to the Armed Forces Community in the North of Scotland…

The open day at its Inverness Welfare Centre in the heart of the Highland capital will focus on career guidance and job searches for veterans, as well as offering advice on the schemes, training grants/funding and other employability-related opportunities available.

Mark Bibbey, Poppyscotland’s CEO, said: “There is an estimated Armed Forces community of 100,000 in the north of Scotland and we want them to feel empowered to address any employment-related needs by making use of the supports that will be available at the event. We encourage local veterans to come down and speak to providers in a relaxed environment to learn how they can boost their job prospects.”

The event, which takes place on Thursday, 21st of March from 11am to 3pm, will be attended by a host of support organisations such as Skills Development Scotland; New Start Highland; the Regular Forces Employment Association; X-Forces; Momentum Skills; and the DWP/JCP Armed Forces Champion.

Mr Bibbey, who is a veteran himself and the Chair of the Veterans Employability Strategic Working Group, added: “Those in the ex-Service community are just as susceptible to the range of problems that the population as a whole can face during the course of their life, such as employment, debt, bereavement, housing issues and mobility difficulties caused by old age.

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