If you are wounded, injured, or have a medical condition that makes it difficult to find sustainable employment, there is support available.
The Government offers support and guidance to disabled people looking for work. You can also get support through the Access to Work grant, which provides practical support with starting or staying in work, moving to self-employment or starting a business if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.
Who else can help?
There are organisations that can give you practical support and financial assistance to help you learn new skills and find a job.
Career Transition Partnership
CTP Assist offers additional resettlement support to wounded, injured or sick veterans. This includes intensive employment case-working support from RFEA Specialist Employment Consultants and access to vocational opportunities and a Vocational Assessment delivered by RBLI.
Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes supports veterans throughout the employment process with access to courses, qualifications, work experience, networking, and training. If you are injured or have a medical condition, visit their website to see how they can help.
Poppyscotland and RBLI
Poppyscotland's Employ-able programme offers one-to-one support through SAMH employment advisers to veterans with mental health issues. Poppyscotland also provides Employment Grants to service leavers, veterans and their families who are on a low income or unemployed. The grant can be used, for example, to fund short vocational courses and pay for work-related tools.
In partnership with Poppyscotland, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) delivers LifeWorks, a vocational assessment, employability and change management course for veterans. Focusing on what you can do rather than what you can't do, the Vocational Assessment element helps veterans identify suitable and sustainable jobs, along with how to access appropriate training and funding if needed. LifeWorks provides the tools to access options such as understanding and practising how to present your health condition positively to a potential employer, developing your CV accordingly, and building the confidence and motivation to move forward into work. Visit the LifeWorks website to learn more.