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Government Minister Witnesses SkillForce Pledge To Armed Forces

Published Thursday 16 July 2015 in News

SkillForce has signed a new pledge of support for the armed forces.

The national charity – whose Royal Patron is HRH The Duke of Cambridge KG KT – recruits former servicemen and women to deliver life changing educational programmes in schools.

Now SkillForce has completed an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, which provides businesses and charities with an opportunity to publicly express their support for the armed forces community.

Ben Slade, SkillForce’s Chief Executive, signed the covenant at the Ministry of Defence in London, on July 15th, in the presence of the Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier MP.

Mr Slade said: “Our work not only transforms the lives of young people. It also has a profound impact on our former military personnel who have left the armed forces and now channel their skills into inspiring school children to succeed.”

SkillForce draws on the experience of predominantly former military personnel to inspire and motivate young people to succeed, allowing those who have served their country to now serve their community.

The charity positively recruits former service personnel, recognising the skills and values they can share with disenfranchised young people and providing support for career transition into employment.

SkillForce runs a range of programmes for primary and secondary school pupils, and Post 16 education students in more than 200 schools in England, Scotland and Wales.

The programmes focus on building young people’s re-engagement with education and developing their employability and life skills including self-confidence, resilience and perseverance.

During the last 10 years, SkillForce has trained around 600 former armed forces staff to support young people at risk of falling out of education.

Pictured: Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier MP and Ben Slade, SkillForce Chief Executive, at the signing of the armed forces corporate covenant.


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