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.