Working with the Armed Forces in Merseyside

Tomorrow’s People staff attended an event to sign the Armed Forces Covenant at Bootle Army Reserve Centre, Merseyside, on Monday 24th October.

The Covenant is the first step towards the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Awards, encouraging employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Tomorrow’s People and Army Reserve unit 156 Regiment RLC will be working together in Liverpool to ensure local young people are aware of the part-time paid employment opportunities that the Army Reserve has to offer. They will also be opening up the Regiment’s civilian business partners offering of training and/or full-time employment.

Tomorrow’s People CEO, Martin Brookes, and the Tomorrow’s People team in Merseyside, met with Colonel Dave Ashman, Commanding Officer 156 Regt RLC, to gain an overview of the Regiment and what the Regiment provides to Defence capability, as well as getting a tour around the Supply Training facility in Bootle.

Eddy Mullin, Tomorrow’s People Adviser for Working Futures in Liverpool, said: “Tomorrow’s People has a clear mission to support those who have become detached from the world of work, and who face apparently overwhelming barriers to getting a job. We believe in the potential of individuals to find work and draw on more than 30 years of expertise on the frontline.

“We are always looking for local partners who can help to open up new opportunities and networks to those we work with. There is potential for us to do great things with the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure young people in the area know what their options are.”

Col Dave Ashman said: “I’m extremely pleased to see an organisation like Tomorrow’s People formalise its commitment to the Armed Forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Tomorrow’s People already do so much good work in the communities local to our units, and I look forward to strengthening that relationship with mutual support and opportunity.

The Army Reserve has much to offer for those seeking to gain skills, qualifications and invaluable experience – all transferable to civilian employment – and, in turn, Tomorrows People have much to offer to our Reservists and former servicemen and women making the transition back to civilian life.”