Veterans

£300,000 Of Funding To Help Injured Military Veterans Pursue New Career

The project is expected to last three years and will support up to 60 veterans.

Nearly £300,000 of funding has been awarded to help injured military veterans pursue a new career in manufacturing. 

It is being used to set up an employment training programme at Scotland's Bravest Manufacturing Company (SBMC) which is based at Erskine Veterans Village Estate in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

The scheme is designed to help veterans get back into work and gain industry-recognised qualifications. 

Michelle Ferguson, Director of SBMC, said: "Many who leave the armed services transition to civilian life relatively easily.

"However, for far too many, it can be an incredibly challenging time in their lives – particularly for those who face unique daily struggles with physical or mental disabilities.

"We will be providing a truly comprehensive, flexible and rewarding training programme which can help our ex-servicemen and women regain their independence and achieve their goals in life."

The funding was awarded to the Royal British Legion Industries by the Forces in Mind Trust.

The investment means SBMC will be able to employ a Scottish Qualifications Authority-approved trainer to deliver qualifications in sign-making, warehousing and manufacturing operations.

WATCH: David Sivills-McCann reports on the new funding.

The trainer will also work with individuals on their career development and their interview and CV writing skills.

Ms Ferguson said the instructor will "make a big impact in their [the veterans'] future employment opportunities". 

Former soldier David McCormick, who now works at the factory, told Forces News: "I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2006. 

"I didn't have the drive, the ambition, I was stuck in a bit of a rut and I think if it wasn't for this sort of development opportunity, I might never have got into this field."

It is hoped those who gain a place on the new course will be able to go onto similar roles with other companies after.

The project is expected to last three years and will support up to 60 veterans.

Cover image: Scotland's Bravest Company.