Injured servicemen and women are to be offered free IT training to ease their transition to civilian life.
The initiative comes from Cerco IT, a specialist IT training and recruitment provider, which gives free entry to its four-week Fast Track IT course, provided candidates meet the standard training criteria. Servicemen and women who have left will also receive support from the Cerco recruitment team, which has a 97% success rate of placing graduates from the Fast Track course into IT support jobs.
Cerco has a history of working with the armed forces, but Steven Emden, managing director of Cerco, wants to show his appreciation of servicemen and women. "They have put themselves on the line for their country, and we should do something back for them," he said.
Many servicemen returning from active duty find it difficult to adjust to civilian life, said Emden. It is particularly hard for those recovering after a medical discharge. "Leaving the army for medical reasons can also be a very stressful experience," he said. "It can be especially difficult to make the right decision when choosing to retrain as there are so many options available."
Peter Gude, 35, served for 16 years as a firefighter for the RAF in Iraq, Germany, the Falkland Islands, Croatia and Italy. After suffering an injury, Peter left the RAF. After consulting the Career Transitional Partnership, for which Cerco is a preferred supplier, Peter got on the scheme for medically discharged personnel. After achieving 80% in Cerco's online test, Peter decided to embark on Cerco's four-week fast-track course. He now works with Fujitsu. "I enjoyed the training considerably, it was very intense, and the practical side of the course was the most enjoyable. Everyone at Crewe did their utmost to help in all situations," Gude said.