RFEA’s Forces for London Programme, an employment support service solely dedicated to providing jobs and careers advice to ex-Servicemen and women living in the capital, has received an unprecedented number of BAME applicants…

Since its launch in November 2017, the programme has attracted 56% BAME applicants, a figure 10 times greater than the predicted 5%.

The Forces for London programme uniquely offers one-to-one advice and guidance with a dedicated advisor, plus volunteering, mentoring and work experience opportunities with employers in the capital who value the skills and attributes of ex-military. It also offers training to help job seekers gain the right skills.

As Forces for London moves into its exciting next phase, RFEA is calling for more to be done to support BAME ex-Forces job seekers.

Alistair Halliday, Chief Executive of RFEA says: “We know that Service leavers and veterans face a unique set of challenges when seeking civilian employment. We were surprised to hear from such a high number of BAME applicants, as there is a relatively small number of BAME ex-military living in the capital, so it shows that more needs to be done to make sure that all ex-servicemen and women are getting the support they need to find employment opportunities that enable them to thrive.”

Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility, Debbie Weekes-Bernard says: “Our armed forces make unimaginable sacrifices in order to keep us safe so it is only right we provide our veterans with the help they deserve once they return to civilian life. While they have gained extensive skills in service, it is clear that veterans from BAME communities in the capital face particular challenges finding meaningful work once they leave the forces.

“The Forces for London programme provides crucial support to veterans from diverse backgrounds, offering them invaluable insight into the job market and helping them develop the competitive edge they need to compete in an ever-changing job market.”

Forces for London is delivered in partnership with the Mayor of London and part funded by the European Social Fund.

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