10 April 2017


A dozen ex-service personnel have attended a course organised by Sheffield City Council designed to give them the skills and confidence to secure new employment.

The Lifeworks course, run by the Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) in partnership with the Council, has been hailed as a big success for the veterans – who said they had struggled to adapt to life after leaving the Armed Forces.

Problems they had encountered included writing CVs, losing confidence and missing the camaraderie and support of their colleagues.

On completing the week-long course, Lewis, one of the delegates, said: “My confidence in my own CV has increased and it’s got my thinking back on track.

“It’s enabled me to readjust my sights. I was a sergeant major, so I should have the confidence and abilities to apply for team leader or project manager positions.”

Another one of the attendees, Graham, said that adjusting to civilian life had been a struggle.

He said: “I cut myself off from my military background and suffered anxiety and depression. Lifeworks has helped me realise what a low ebb I’d come to. I now know what a good CV and covering letter looks like and I also know that there are many ex-forces groups out there that can support me, both professionally and socially.”

Attendees were individually assessed, coached, given interview skills, presentation tips, and invited to mock interviews, which the council helped organise as part of its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

Councillor Tony Damms, Armed Forces champion at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’ve been inspired by the dedication and humour of these ex-service personnel. Applying for new jobs and adjusting to the new demands of modern life are not easy. I’m pleased the council has played its part helping ex-service men secure employment.”

Lifeworks Engagement Manager Lesley-Jane Holt added “This is the best attended course the RBLI has run in the North of England. We hope this will encourage other ex-servicemen & women to do the same.  The course will see life-changing results for the people who attended and we will continue supporting them for as long as they need us.”