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LAUNCH OF PROJECT TO HELP EX-SERVICE HOMELESS FIND EMPLOYMENT

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The MoD and KPMG today held a reception to launch the second phase of ...
The MoD and KPMG today held a reception to launch the second phase of

Project Compass, an initiative to help homeless ex-service personnel

find sustained employment.

Project Compass offers participants a co-ordinated programme of

training designed to include areas of personal development,

employable skills and work placement schemes. Participants are also

provided with intensive one-on-one support and motivation.

Current partners in Project Compass include the ODPM's Homelessness Directorate, Business in the Community, Business Action on Homelessness, Training for Life, Rolls Royce, BAe Systems, AMS, Interservefm, Right Coutts and KPMG.

Veteran's minister Ivor Caplin said:

'I am very pleased to support Project Compass, which I believe

provides some of the essential support needed to assist the

relatively small number of socially excluded ex-Service personnel

make that important step back into employment.

'Project Compass is an excellent example of the way Government and

the corporate and voluntary sectors can co-operate and make things

happen. I am particularly grateful to all the partners that have

made this scheme possible.'

Notes

1. In 1998 the government's Social Exclusion Unit estimated that

around 25% of homeless in London had an armed forces background.

More recent analysis of statistics produced by outreach teams in

London, indicate that this figure has dropped to 10%. MoD, together

with the ODPM, the Ex-Service Action

Group and the devolved administrations, is currently conducting new

research into ex-Service homelessness across the UK.

2. There are approximately five million veterans in the UK and currently

around 24 thousand people leave the armed forces each year. The vast

majority of service leavers find life in the Armed Forces a positive

experience make a successful transition to civilian life.

3. Of the 93 ex-service personnel involved in the pilot scheme of

Project Compass, 15 gained work experience, 21 undertook vocational

training courses, 10 returned to further education and so far 14 have

found permanent employment.

4. The second phase of Project Compass is due to commence in

September 2004.

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