Project Compass, an initiative to help homeless ex-service personnel
find sustained employment.
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.'
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