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Veteran Employment Services

Landau Stands Shoulder To Shoulder With The Royal British Legion 

The Royal British Legion (RBL) joins forces with Landau to support Veterans in Staffordshire transitioning from Military to Civilian life. Our main goal is to support and advise those wanting to go back into education or those wishing to find a long-term job. This service offers to support a wide range of Veterans, including those with mental and physical health issues.

Sonia Roberts (CEO)

“We are delighted to be awarded this grant in the 100th anniversary year of armistice; we see this project as a significant opportunity for Landau and RBL to provide an effective mechanism for veterans keen to find employment

 

What can Landau offer?

Landau offer individualised support in finding the right job for each person, as well as time-unlimited assistance in the job, to both the veteran and the employer. We have Veterans specific Employment Specialists and advisors who have previously serviced in the Armed Forces and/or have strong connections to the forces.

We work in close conjunction with RBL caseworkers who support Veteran’s in Staffordshire and their families in a multitude of areas such as:

• Financial
• Physical Wellbeing
• Independent Living
• Social Support Networks
• Accommodation
• Mental Wellbeing
• Employment
• Education and Skills

For the majority of service people leaving the armed forces each year, their transition into civilian life is successful, however, a small minority encounter serious problems when or after they leave with current research suggesting this number is growing.
This is the first RBL service using the employment support model IPS with veterans. Landau’s service helps veterans to gain the skills and qualifications necessary to develop new careers outside the military; providing long-term security for themselves and their families.

 

Services available in:

• Staffordshire
• Stoke-on-Trent
• Newcastle Under Lyme

We are delighted to be launching this service based at our Training and Enterprise Centre at Newstead, Stoke-on-Trent.

 

Who qualifies for this service?

Any Veteran is qualified for this service if they are receiving support from a RBL caseworker located in Staffordshire and is motivated to return to paid employment.

There is no time limit on the length of time after leaving the Armed Forces that an individual can apply; as long as the individual has served (full time or reservist), they can access this support at any time.

Who is involved?

The covenant supports serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families and is fulfilled by different groups that have committed to making a difference.

These include:
• Central government, overseen by the Ministerial Covenant and Veterans Board
• Single services (Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force)
• Businesses of all sizes
• Local government
• Charities
• Communities
• Cadet forces and their adult volunteers

 

David Fairclough – RBL Team Leader for the West Midlands

“We are very pleased to be able to fund this project with Landau, we believe our mission to support vulnerable veterans is more relevant than ever today”

What Is Being Done?

The covenant focusses on helping members of the Armed Forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
If you are a member of the Armed Forces, a veteran, or a family member, the Armed Forces Covenant offers a wide variety of support to ensure you are being treated fairly.

• Education and family well-being
• Having a home
• Starting a new career
• Access to healthcare
• Financial assistance
• Discounted services

Joanne Barber Landau’s RBL IPS Veterans Employment Specialist

“I started my career nursing which allowed to me support those suffering with physical ailments. It was from this that it came to my attention that a person’s state of mind is equally as important as their physical health. I went on to complete two degrees, a Bsc in Psychology and a Masters Msc in Psychological Trauma. These degrees have enabled me to not only understand conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety and Depression, but also address these issues to aid them in moving forward with their lives. 

I have worked in multiple sectors over the years from health, education, recruitment, media and property in order to widen my skill set. I am always up for a challenge so every year I take on a charitable event to take me out of my comfort zone including a parachute jump with The Black Knights, hikes such as Ben Nevis and charity runs. I have great respect for The Armed Forces and I’m delighted and honoured to take on this role and help support our veterans and The Royal British Legion”

Landau Supports the Armed Forces Covenant

To those who proudly protect our nation, who do so with honour, courage, and commitment, the Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s commitment to those who serve, have served, and their families.

It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

Veterans Breakfast club

As part of Landau’s mission to support Veterans, we have joined forces with the Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club based at our Landau Training and Enterprise Centre in Stoke-On-Trent.

We want Veterans and active members of the Armed Forces to feel they have a place to go to whether that be for a catch up with old friends or to meet new to build that sense of comradery. The first Breakfast Club is Saturday 12th January 2019 and for the first 30 people to join, their breakfast will be free!

 

Peter Watt came to Landau seeking a purpose again following leaving the Armed Forces. Pete’s passion and enthusiasm to support Veterans was clear and Landau offered Pete the opportunity to become a Veterans Advocate for Landau. Pete has gone on to set up the Veterans Breakfast Club            (Detailed Above) and aims to support Veterans in the Stoke-on-Trent community. We are extremely grateful for all Pete’s work up to now and look forward to the future.

Pete’s Story

I joined the Royal Corps of Transport in 1988 aged 17 and following training was posted to 3 Tank Transported Squadron based in Sennelager, Germany. I actively served in the 1991 Gulf war. I left the Army in 1994 and embarked on a driving career in civvy street. After a number of years, it was apparent all was not well so after many doctors and specialist appointments I was diagnosed as having PTSD what we now call “Gulf war syndrome”. This eventually meant I could not work and I was awarded a war pension. I answered the call from Landau needing a veteran volunteer and already find it very rewarding helping where I can as well as running the breakfast club that is hosted by the generosity of Landau. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Peter Watt

 

For further information on signing the Armed Forces Covenant, please go to https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

Visit Armed Forces Covenant guidance and support for information on the breadth of the covenant and the support it provides.

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