Tom Blenkinsop MP today (4th July 2012) urged local companies to join a new effort to get former members of the Armed Forces into work.
Labour’s ‘Veterans Interview Programme’ involves companies voluntarily guaranteeing an interview for job seeking ex-Forces. Participants include O2, Aldi, Greggs, John Lewis and many others.
“The Veterans Interview Programme and other initiatives underline our country’s respect and goodwill towards the Service community. This scheme is voluntary and valuable, and I hope local businesses will get involved.
“It is wrong that someone who has served in Afghanistan is expected to join the back of the queue at the local job centre. This is not about special treatment but overcoming barriers to provide a level playing field for service people.
“It is all of our duty to help provide a smooth transition from military to civilian life. Increasing veterans’ wellbeing and opportunities is a priority for Labour.”