VETERANS are being given a helping hand back into work by a Burnley charity.
The SALUTE organisation is supporting ex-servicemen and women trying to get jobs in “civvy street”.
The Brunshaw-based charity has teamed up with Remploy Burnley to create the “Veterans into Placements” scheme.
It offers former armed forces personnel the chance to complete a course, get on-the-job experience and put together a professional CV.
Daniel Hutchinson, the chairman and founder of SALUTE, said: “These lads and girls have a good work ethic, a good attitude for work and they have got the discipline but in today’s economy it is hard to find work.
“If you have been out of work long enough you think you are on the scrap heap.
“It is difficult for everyone to get a job at the moment but some veterans have complex barriers like depression or post-traumatic stress disorder. It can be very difficult for some to adapt to civilian ways of working.”
But the idea of the Vets into Placements scheme is to give ex-service personnel the experience they need to land a job.
Mr Hutchinson said: “In this country we have scrapped the idea of transferrable skills and now it is all about experience.
“If they have been out of work for a while or are on Job Seekers Allowance a lot of people cannot get experience.
“We are trying to give veterans experience as well as a motivational push.”
The four-week course offers the chance to experience admin roles, office work or even driving jobs through Remploy Employment Services.
Good reference will be provided and a professional CV to make it easier to get into work.
To sign up you can visit www.saluteyou.org or you can contact Remploy directly.