Employing a Service Spouse or Partner – Information for Employers
Research shows that Naval Service spouses and partners represent an untapped pool of skilled labour. We have put together some facts, figures and real life examples of how employing a Service spouse or partner can benefit your organisation, please click here.
Sharing good practice
Military Network – many organisations have set up a network for those staff members that have a connections to the Military community. This provides support within the workplace and also gives the organisation the opportunity to raise new ideas and suggest possible future projects that are specific to the Military community.
Internal Moves Policy – referencing a Military spouse/partner within the policy reassures your staff member that you are supportive of internal moves due to their serving partner’s Military assignments.
Culture – each member of staff has different family needs at different times. The greatest support will come from creating a culture where everyone is treated as an individual and these needs can be discussed open and honestly with a view to finding a solution that works for both the individual and the organisation.
Employment Workshops – the Naval Families Federation has been approached by a number of organisations wishing to facilitate employment workshops for Service spouses. Barclays Bank, for example, plan to run a ‘skills’ workshop for Royal Navy and Royal Marines partners and spouses in the summer of 2018. A pilot workshop will be held in Portsmouth with the potential to roll out across the country.
Recruitment – if you have a position which you think would be suitable for a Service spouse or partner and you would like us to assist with advertising the role, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we will be able to share this on our LinkedIn page here.
Find out more
If you’re interested in finding out how you can offer employment support to Service spouses, please contact our Spousal Employment lead, Nicola Thompson via Nicola.Thompson@nff.org.uk.
Defence – Employers Recognition Scheme
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. A report launched by The Forces in Mind Trust, titled ‘Benefit not Burden’, calls for increased awareness around the benefits to businesses, public and voluntary sector organisations in the UK in signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant .