Army training scheme for long-term unemployed may be extended

Scheme piloted in Telford and Stoke can raise awareness of army reserve and make people more employable, says officer

A pilot scheme in which long-term unemployed people take part in a month-long training programme run by the army could be rolled out nationally after it caught the attention of ministers, according to the army’s website.

The pilot project, which is “aimed at building self-esteem and skills”, has been completed by 31 people in two towns in the West Midlands, producing “excellent results”, according to the army.

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