Berkshire Veterans’ Unemployment Programme

Helping ex-military personnel into long-term employment

Some veterans find adapting to civilian life difficult, this is made even more of a challenge for those who face physical, mental or social disadvantages because of their experiences in the UK armed services.

Skills for Progress have received funding from the EU Social fund to provide mentor supported employment training for unemployed Veterans in Berkshire. This funding means Skills for Progress can provide our training completely free of charge to the learner so they can focus on getting back into long term employment.

Our bespoke training programme is designed to be moulded around the needs and goals of the learners. Taking into account the learner’s different experiences and how that individual learns. Our tutors and mentors are on hand to support our learners to digest and put into practice what they have learnt in a practical and relevant way.

Transferable skills

You may not realise it, but you already have a wealth of skills from your service that you can tap into. Our courses will help you understand and utilise the wealth of knowledge you already have and show you how to develop it even further making you an asset to a future employer.

Free mentoring

All participants are supported by a qualified mentor, who you will talk to weekly or fortnightly. This practical support helps you to overcome barriers and talk through decisions, applications and prepare for interviews.

Free training

We have access to a library of over 100 short courses, meaning that you can pick the ones most relevant to you. Options include:

  • Introduction to post-pandemic leadership
  • Personal resilience
  • Managing stress
  • Supporting the wellbeing of others (home and workplace variants)
  • Introduction to mentoring
  • Introduction to coaching
  • Leadership skills revisited
  • Management skills revisited
  • Performance management
  • Advanced CV writing
  • Advanced job interview skills

Participants to this programme will work towards an appropriate accredited qualification from Open Awards to help show recent personal development on their CV. Qualifications include Mentoring with Coaching, Mentoring, Skills for Business, Employment and Professional Development.

Check out the included Post-Pandemic People Management

Check out the included Mentoring Colleagues qualification


To be eligible you need to:

  1. Be unemployed
  2. Live in Berkshire
  3. Have a right to live and work in the UK

Start today

To get started, please email or call 02381 120010.

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