MP’s plea to get ex-Force personnel into work

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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Michael Dugher has urged companies to sign up to a scheme to get armed forces veterans back to work

Michael Dugher, who represents Barnsley East, has urged firms to join a new campaign called the Veterans Interview Programme, which works by getting companies to voluntarily guarantee an interview for job seeking ex-Forces personnel.

Leading UK employers have already signed up to the scheme including O2, Greggs, Centrica and John Lewis.

Mr Dugher said former service personnel have a wide range of experiences and skills, including leadership, teamwork and organisation and said more must be done to provide additional support to help them find employment.

The Labour MP said: “The talents of those leaving the services are a big asset to business.

“This is not about special treatment, but about overcoming barriers to provide a level playing field for service people. It is all of our duty to help provide a smooth transition from military to civilian life.

“Increasing veterans’ well-being and opportunities should be a priority and the Veterans Interview Programme will hopefully go some way to help.

“I encourage local companies in South Yorkshire to join this new effort to get former members of the Armed Forces into work. It is an important way of supporting those who have kept our country safe.”