Everton in the Community (EitC) is supporting an upcoming Merseyside Employment Initiative aimed at helping service leavers and the veteran community gain employment.
On Monday 11 September, North West companies who are actively looking for full-time employees will ascend on Goodison Park to meet with members of the Service Leaver, Veteran, Spouse and Reserve community.
Attendees at the FREE event will also be given the opportunity to discuss self-employment options and welfare support, as well as attend CV and interview skills workshops. Local Authority Armed Forces Champions will also be on hand to answer questions regarding housing, school admissions and family NHS support.
Organised by the 156 Regiment and Liverpool City Council, EitC is proud to support the initiative in line with its work within the veteran community.
Knowsley Veterans Hub Project Coordinator, David Curtis, said: “I attended last year’s event and saw the fantastic outcomes it produced so, when I knew that the Club could host the event there, we were keen to support.
“Finding employment is such an important part of the transition from the forces and to have huge employers all in one place, that want to employ the ex-forces community, is great. For the veterans I work with day to day, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to get back on the employment ladder and help bring structure and discipline back to their lives.”
Cllr Ian Francis, Liverpool’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Whether they’re leaving the Armed Forces after 20 or 30 years, or leaving at 18 having joined up at 16, people tell us that starting a new life out of uniform can be overwhelming, for them and their families. That's why the employment initiative is a vital part of Liverpool City Council’s commitment to our Armed Forces community.
“As well as an opportunity to finding employment and recognise the skills and experience they have are an asset to all types of employers, September’s event is also aimed at the families of Armed Forces personnel to gain confidence and reassurance that any support they made need to transition into civilian life is available and can be called on at any time.
“I’d like to thank all the businesses that are supporting the event and for realising the potential and contribution that our Armed Forces personnel can make in our communities beyond their service careers.”
Captain Geoff Nuzum added: “The Merseyside Employment Initiative is now in its second year. The aim is to bring together Armed Forces friendly employers, training providers and local authority Armed Forces Champions in to one venue to create a truly unique one-stop-shop for service leavers, veterans and spouses.
“At the event they can access employment and training opportunities and welfare support to deliver a successful and seamless transition from service life in to the civilian employment sector.
“The event would not be possible without the support we receive from Liverpool City Council, Everton in the Community, Veterans HQ and the Armed Forces Covenant businesses we work with.”
The event will run from 10am–5pm and is located in The People’s Club at Goodison Park.
To book a place, email Captain Geoff Nuzum at 156RLC-RHQ-ROSO@mod.uk
or go to the CTP website
and search for the event in the calendar.