THINGS are looking good for Tameside VIEW.
The initiative, which exists to help forces veterans find work, has been awarded a £20,000 grant by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust (AFCF).
VIEW, which stands for veterans into employment/work, has been established to help people who have left the forces find jobs, match their skills with vacancies, and point the way to education.
In the north west there is a particular demand for engineering skills, which many ex-services personnel could fill with the right training.
The AFCF Trust grant will help to pay for a key worker whose job will be to liaise with the Tameside Armed Forces Community, and the council’s employment and skills service, to connect with veterans and get more businesses to sign up to the armed forces covenant which helps raise their awareness of vets’ needs.
Cllr Ged Cooney, Tameside Council’s armed forces champion, said: “I’m extremely pleased to hear of our success in getting this grant.
“Here in Tameside we have something like 7,500 veterans, and that’s a number that grows by more than 150 a year. While most people coming out of the services go into successful careers, many don’t.
“This money will be put to very good use in paying for a keyworker who will supply one-to-one support, help vets with their employment and health needs and encourage them to join TASC where they can find lots of support.”
The Tameside VIEW initiative follows a pilot project to raise awareness among the armed forces community.
Thanks to its success, half of the borough’s GP practices have signed up to the covenant and lots of ex-services personnel have let their doctors know of their military past, something they might not otherwise have mentioned despite its relevance.
Tameside Council signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012. TASC was established in 2016 and supplies members with a range of activities including sport, a breakfast club, cultural events and various forms of advice and support.