York & North Yorkshire

Catterick bakery helps former soldiers learn new trade

A North Yorkshire bakery is aiming to help soldiers learn a new trade after leaving the armed forces.

The Veterans' Artisan Bakery at Catterick Garrison is a partnership between local two charities.

It is part of the Beacon centre, which provides accommodation and other support services to homeless former military personnel.

Trainees can gain qualifications and get help to start their own business.

One of the charities behind the project, Riverside English Churches Housing Group said the project helps former soldiers develop a "civilian trade".

The group's area manager, Trevor Morris, said: "When people leave the Armed Forces they often find that while they have lots of very useful team and project management skills, they need to develop trades that will find them jobs in civilian life.

"We have helped support more than 9,000 veterans in the last 10 years and we consulted with a lot of our ex-servicemen and women about what trades would interest them and active trades such as a bakery and landscaping came out very high."

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