“It is vital that when leaving the Armed Forces, at whatever age, that future employment is accessible, suitable and fulfilling. That act of transition is successful for the majority of Service leavers, but there is a minority who have a more challenging experience. It is the mission of Forces in Mind Trust to enable a successful and sustainable transition for all ex-Service personnel.

“For this project, our links to, for example, the Centre for Ageing Better, other Cobseo employment charities and Government Departments, make us well placed to ensure that the evidence produced will enable policymakers and service providers to support older Service leavers as they transition into civilian employment.”

Lee Holloway, Chief Executive Officer, Officers’ Association, said: “There are known barriers to employment for those aged 50 plus, and so this research project gives us an opportunity to define and document those that exist for Service leavers.

“Given the investment made in the training of Service leavers, combined with their experience and leadership qualities, we want to ensure there is a level playing field for this key segment of our Armed Forces when they seek out civilian employment opportunities.”

 

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