Veterans

'Unprecedented' Number Of BAME Veterans Apply For Job Programme

Since its launch in November 2017, 56% of the programme's applicants have been from BAME groups.

A military employment charity has said black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) veterans are struggling to find work in London.

The RFEA - the Forces Employment Charity, says more needs to be done to support former servicemen and women, after they were "surprised to hear from such a high number of BAME applicants".

The charity, which gives advice to veterans living in the capital, received 10 times the number of BAME applicants than it had expected for its employability programme, which is designed to give applicants the skills needed for work.

Since its launch in November 2017, 56% of the programme's applicants have been from BAME groups - more than the 5% proportion predicted by the charity.

The RFEA says the number is "unprecedented".

The charity's chief executive, Alistair Halliday, said: "We were surprised to hear from such a high number of BAME applicants, as there is a relatively small number of BAME ex-military living in the capital.

"It shows that more needs to be done to make sure that all ex-servicemen and women are getting the support they need to find employment opportunities that enable them to thrive."

The Forces for London programme helps ex-personnel find jobs across the 32 London boroughs and the City of London. 

Commenting on the findings, the Deputy Mayor of London for Social Integration, Social Mobility, Debbie Weekes-Bernard also called for more to be done.

"While they have gained extensive skills in service, it is clear that veterans from BAME communities in the capital face particular challenges finding meaningful work once they leave the forces," she said.

Cover image: MOD.