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Mitre Teams up with Sporting Force to Upskill Former Veterans

New training scheme aims to upskill unemployed adults and former veterans ahead of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022

Applications are now open for a new training scheme that aims to help hundreds of adults and former veterans in the West Midlands to learn new skills and boost their job prospects in the run up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Mitre Group has teamed up with the West Midlands Combined Authority and veterans’ charity Sporting Force to offer sports and coaching courses as well as training in leadership, management and customer service within the ambitious programme. Funded places are available for qualifying applicants in the West Midlands who are unemployed or in unstable, low wage employment, as well as veterans looking to develop their careers outside the armed forces. 

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to work towards accredited qualifications and gain skills that will improve their chances of securing work as Birmingham prepares to host the Commonwealth Games in two years’ time. The Games are expected to have a significant impact on the local economy and lead to new job opportunities linked to the event and its wide-reaching supply chain. 

Jennie Bowmer, managing director of Mitre Group Ltd, comments: “The skills participants will develop and qualifications they’ll gain will help them stand out in a competitive jobs market and put them in a good position to build their careers over the coming years. We’re particularly proud to be working on this project with Sporting Force and its network to reach former servicemen and women who are now looking for a fresh start in civilian life.”   

Tommy Lowther, founder of Sporting Force commented: ‘Sporting Force is passionate about supporting individuals to take positive steps forwards in their careers. This partnership with Mitre, who have such a great reputation within the sports sector, provides a unique opportunity for those in our networks who have an affinity with sport to engage in funded training at level three. We are looking forward to starting these programmes and helping as many people as we can ahead of the Commonwealth Games 2022.’

Applicants are being invited to submit an expression of interest as soon as possible ahead of courses beginning throughout September and October. Successful candidates will have the chance to secure a funded place on one or more courses. 

The qualifications on offer are: 

Sports Coaching – 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate

Leadership and Management – ILM Level 3 Certificate

Customer Service – HABC Level 3 Certificate

Anyone wishing to express an interest in taking part in this programme can register here

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