Army helps jobseekers towards employment


Ministry of Defence

Midlands SPEAR (Supporting People into Employment with the Army Reserve) is a pilot scheme created by 143 (West Midlands) Brigade which has caught the attention of government ministers and, if successful, could be rolled out across the UK.

Run in partnership with Jobcentre Plus (JCP), Jobs Enterprise Training (JET) and Stoke College, it is the brainchild of Community Engagement Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ray Miller.

As well as boosting the skills and confidence of unemployed people aged 18 to 30 in the Stoke-on-Trent area, an exciting and intensive 4-week course also aims to promote awareness of the Army Reserve, what it has to offer potential employees and employers, and to improve working relationships with other agencies.

Weeks 1 and 2 will involve participants attending Army Reserve units in local areas and learning workplace-recognised skills in a military environment.

This will involve team-building and motivation, health and safety and plant/power tools safe operation, and workplace first aid.

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