Facebook delivers digital skills to armed forces veterans

The training has involved the charity Heropreneurs in offering digital skills to ex-military personnel.

Joe Lepper | 27th Jun 19
Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People Ministry of Defence (left), and Steve Hatch, Director UK and Ireland Facebook (right). Photo credit David Parry/PA Wire

Facebook UK has teamed up with the charity Heropreneurs to provide armed forced veterans with digital skills training.

The training involved more than 300 veterans and took place at the social media firm’s Boost with Facebook for the Armed Forced Community event in London.

The link up involves enterprise organisation X-Forces as well as the charity Heropreneurs, which helps armed service personnel forge a new career in business. The Ministry of Defence is also backing efforts to support the digital skills of ex-military personnel.

According to Facebook, 14,000 people leave the armed forced each year but over the last four years only 2% have started a business, despite having key skills such as leadership, discipline and lateral thinking.

The training is part of a wider commitment by Facebook to support ex-forces in the UK, which has included signing the Armed Forces Covenant to pledge to ensure equal opportunities for ex-military personnel.

Support through digital skills training

“Being in the military was a massively formative part of my life, and I owe a lot of my success to the skills and traits I developed serving in the forces,” said Andy Mihalop, Facebook Marketing Program Lead EMEA, and veteran.

“I’m really proud to be a part of this event today, and of the work Facebook is doing to support veterans through digital skills training and supportive workplace practices.”

Steve Hatch, Facebook Managing Director for Northern Europe said: “It has been a great privilege to hear the inspiring stories of the many veterans we have worked with on this programme, who have either set up their own businesses since leaving the armed forces or are looking to get started on their own entrepreneurial journey. I am immensely proud to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant, and want to thank the UK’s veteran community for their service on behalf of everyone here at Facebook.”

Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, Chief of Defence People, Ministry of Defence, added: “It is an honour to be signing the Armed Forces Covenant with Facebook, who are taking great steps to not only ensure veterans are supported in the workplace, but that the wider community of Armed Forces personnel can access digital skills training to help them achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions.”