Mark Jenkinson MP champions support for veternas

Mark Jenkinson MP for Workington has met with Minister for Veterans, Jonny Mercer to discuss opportunities and support in the Workington constituency for those leaving the armed forces.

Mark has previously met with Workington Veteran’s Hub to discuss the issues that veterans experience when making the shift to civilian life.

He raised the issue of employment opportunities for Veterans in the Workington Constituency with the Minister at Defence questions before the summer recess.

The meeting with Jonny Mercer was agreed to in the chamber in response to Mark’s question.

Mark said: "I am pleased that the Minister agreed to meet with me. I have long been an advocate for Veterans in the workplace – our ex-forces personnel have much to offer employers in the way of direct and transferable skills.

I wanted to discuss in detail the future career opportunities that are available to those who have served our country in the armed forces, and the support to assist their transition. I am keen that they do not just leave their forces career to go into the first civilian job, but they achieve their full potential and use those skills that have served our country so well, to enhance our communities going forward.

I made the Minister aware of the work that All Together Cumbria is doing for Veteran employment as well as the support that Workington Veterans Hub offers to Veterans not just on leaving, but  ongoing."