New scheme to get ex-soldiers off the streets

first_img Previous Article Next Article A new scheme has been launched to help homeless ex-service personnel off thestreets and back into employment. Project Compass, developed jointly by Business Action on Homelessness,Training for Life and the Ministry of Defence, is designed specifically forex-forces staff who have fallen on hard times. Up to a quarter of the UK’s rough sleepers have been in the armed forces atsome stage, according to research by the Social Exclusion Unit. The first four pilot schemes are now under way, with homeless ex-servicestaff on work placements at firms including Hilton, Armstrong International andPublicis. Business Action on Homelessness has also revealed that more than 100homeless people have been offered full-time employment after completing workexperience schemes. New figures from the charity show that 350 people participated in the schemebetween 2000 and 2002 at 100 leading companies, including Marks & Spencer,Barclays, KPMG, Mercer and Centrica. Karen Caddick, head of HR policy at Barclays, said the scheme also helpedexisting staff develop skills through mentoring those on placements. “This support is part of our commitment to offer employees aworld-class volunteering programme that enables them to get involved incommunity projects of their choice. “We are offering more work placements to help homeless people get backon their feet and into work,” she said. The figures also show that since pre-placement training was introduced in2002, the number of candidates offered full-time work has increased by 18 percent. www.bitc.org.uk Related posts:No related photos. New scheme to get ex-soldiers off the streetsOn 22 Apr 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

Pakistan level series after crushing England by 10 wickets

first_img(REUTERS)Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took five wickets to help Pakistan crush England by 10 wickets in the final Test at The Oval on yesterday and level a fluctuating series 2-2.The touring side bowled England out for 253 in their second innings, Shah completing figures of 5-71, before Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam eased them to a simple target of 40 in 13.1 overs to complete an emphatic win.“It was special, keeping in mind it was Independence Day, it was something special to draw the series here after being 2-1 down, losing the second Test badly and losing the third,” Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq told the BBC.“But the way the team fought back, I’m a really happy captain.”England had resumed on 88 for four and Gary Ballance soon fell for 17 but Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 65 to give the hosts hoping of saving the match.Shortly before lunch, however, Shah deceived Moeen with a quicker delivery and the left-hander, on 32, nicked another catch to a gleeful Sarfraz.Chris Woakes was run out following a mix-up with Bairstow, who drove the next delivery from Wahab Riaz straight to extra cover, his departure for 81 ending any realistic chance of England saving the match.Stuart Broad reverse swept Shah straight to Younus Khan at slip and after Steven Finn and James Anderson shared a defiant last-wicket partnership of 32, Anderson was trapped lbw by part-time off-spinner Iftikhar Ahmed for 17.Azhar smashed Moeen for a huge six to take Pakistan to 42-0 and clinch victory, punching the air in delight before leaving the field with Aslam to warm applause from the sun-baked crowd.“You expect to win your home series, but Pakistan showed their class – we knew Younus was going to get us eventually as you don’t average 50 in more than 100 tests if you’re not a class player,” England captain Alastair Cook said, referring to the innings of 218 by Younus Khan which set up Pakistan’s victory.Pakistan won the first Test at Lord’s and England were victorious in Manchester and Birmingham.ENGLAND 1st innings 328 (M. Ali 108, J. Bairstow 55; S. Khan 5-68)Pakistan 1st innings 542 (Y. Khan 218, A. Shafiq 109)England 2nd innings (Overnight: 88-4)A. Cook c I. Ahmed b Riaz 7A. Hales lbw b Shah 12J. Root lbw b Shah 39J. Vince c Misbah-ul-Haq b Shah 0G. Ballance c S. Ahmed b So. Khan 17J. Bairstow c Az. Ali b Riaz 81M. Ali c S. Ahmed b Shah 32C. Woakes run out (, Riaz) 4S. Broad c Y. Khan b Shah 5S. Finn not out 16J. Anderson lbw b I. Ahmed 17Extras (b-8 lb-10 nb-5) 23Total (all out, 79.2 overs) 253Fall of wickets: 1-14 A. Cook,2-49 A. Hales,3-55 J. Vince,4-74 J. Root,5-128 G. Ballance,6-193 M. Ali,7-209 C. Woakes,8-209 J. Bairstow,9-221 S. Broad,10-253 J. AndersonBowling: M. Amir 21.4 – 7 – 65 – 0,So. Khan 15 – 2 – 50 – 1,W. Riaz 11.2 – 1 – 48 – 2(nb-5),Y. Shah 29 – 4 – 71 – 5, I. Ahmed 2.2 – 1 – 1 – 1.PAKISTAN 2nd innings (Target: 40 runs)S. Aslam not out 12Az. Ali not out 30Extras 0Total (for no loss, 13.1 overs) 42Fall of wickets:Did not bat: I. Ahmed, Y. Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq, A. Shafiq, S. Ahmed, M. Amir, W. Riaz, Y. Shah, S. KhanBowling: C. Woakes 4 – 0 – 11 – 0, S. Finn 0.2 – 0 – 0 – 0,M. Ali 5.5 – 0 – 30 – 0,J. Root 3 – 2 – 1 – 0.last_img read more