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Employability Day 2021: Supporting veterans beyond Covid-19

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Tony and Lou Jennings tell their story for Employability Day 2021This Employability Day (April 30) offers a unique opportunity to look back on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, while thinking about how to support people through the employment challenges ahead.

For the wounded, sick and injured veterans our charity supports, the past year has brought much uncertainty. It was clear that the months ahead would bring many challenges and that our employment support for isolated and vulnerable veterans would be needed more than ever before. We needed to quickly adapt our service to provide one-to-one support remotely. Our team of employment consultants continued supporting veterans to rebuild their lives.

Successful outcomes

At any one time during the past year, our charity has been supporting around 450 ex-Forces men and women. All of these veterans have received personal, tailored support, both on their journey back into employment and then through in-work support. Since the pandemic began we have supported veterans into more than 270 jobs, with many taking up vital roles within logistics and healthcare.

These are people like Tony,  Liam, Norris and Donna.

What remains as true now as always is that employment support helps people to gain, sustain and progress in work. High quality employment support helps close the gaps between groups, and is needed now more than ever. And investment in employment support can help build an inclusive and productive society in a post-pandemic landscape.  

Liam with two German ShepherdsDeirdre Mills, Chief Executive of The Poppy Factory, said: When the Covid-19 pandemic started, we quickly adapted the delivery of our employment support service.  We continued providing one-to-one support to veterans with health conditions but we reached out to them by phone, text and email when our specialists could no longer meet face to face.

“Employment opportunities continue to open up and the hard work of our veterans and everyone working across our charity and wider network has paid off. We have been able to support hundreds of ex-Forces men and women into work over the last 12 months.  Looking ahead, we are confident that we can continue our employment support for veterans and we are well placed to adapt to the challenges of the pandemic.”

  • This spring, you can challenge yourself and change lives by taking part in the Great May Escape. Sign up, set a target on your own or as a team to run, walk, cycle or even meditate your way through May, and get sponsored to hit your fundraising goal. Together we’ll be a force for hope, helping wounded veterans on their journey into work, so they can rebuild their lives.
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