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RAF Benevolent Fund grant helps veterans on 'civvy street'

The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund has awarded a grant of £15,000 to SaluteMyJob to further support and improve the competitiveness of 150 ex-RAF jobseekers as they transition from service to 'civvy street'.

SaluteMyJob, a social enterprise founded in 2014, is dedicated to the provision of veteran focussed consultancy, recruitment and assessment Services to employers. In addition, SaluteMyJob offers one-to-one support to ex-military job-seekers in order to improve their competitiveness for jobs in the private sector.

Craig PeckettRAF veteran Craig Peckett benefitted from SaluteMyJob's services for veterans

The grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund enables SaluteMyJob to provide this support at no cost to RAF veterans.

Currently, SaluteMyJob is working with 103 registered ex-RAF jobseekers and the grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund will enable the company to increase this to 150 competitive candidates.

Andrew Jackson, Managing Director at SaluteMyJob, said: "SaluteMyJob helps ex-RAF jobseekers translate their acquired military knowledge, skills and experience into the language of commercial employers. Crucially, we also help them provide evidence of those skills and attributes and thereby compete strongly for jobs."

He added: "Employers welcome applications for jobs from ex-military people. However, too often former Service men and women are not seen as competitive candidates. This grant increases the resources SaluteMyJob can commit to help ex-RAF candidates win the fight for jobs."

The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF's leading welfare charity. They provide a range of support that includes welfare breaks for families and veterans, grants to help with getting about inside and outside the home, advice on benefits and care services.

Paul Hughesdon, RAF Benevolent Fund Director of Welfare and Policy, said: "The RAF Benevolent Fund is committed to enhancing employment prospects for RAF veterans and works with a variety of organisations to achieve this.

"We are particularly pleased to support SaluteMyJob as part of this overall approach.  SaluteMyJob not only serves as a bridge between employers and veterans seeking civilian jobs, but also provides veterans with valuable career services such as CV advice, interview training, and mentorship.  We are delighted to support them as part of our commitment to helping veterans transition to civilian life."

General Sir Nick Parker KCB CBE, Chairman of SaluteMyJob, said: "This grant is welcome and much appreciated. The funding will enable SaluteMyJob to increase the support it provides to RAF jobseekers and enable employers to take advantage of former RAF people as assets to their businesses.

"It is also a vote of confidence in SaluteMyJob's work with employers and veterans alike."

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