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The Career Transition Partnership (CTP) have announced the launch of their brand-new Partner Career Support Programme – providing exemplary career support to spouses and partners of members of the UK Armed Forces.

 

Whether you’re already in employment, have been out of work for some time, or are based overseas and are looking to understand your suitability for a UK based role, CTP are here to help you find a future career that suits your individual needs and experience.

Your support will be flexible to allow you to understand your career path options and develop the confidence to progress along your desired career path, all while still having time to meet the demands of Service and family life.

 

This 6-month programme will be entirely accessible online, and it is fully funded by the Ministry of Defence so there is no cost to join. There are 750 places on the programme.

 

Registrations are now open until January 2021. You can find out more about the programme/ sign up here.

 

Posted on: 1st November, 2020

Whether you are currently based in the UK or returning from an overseas assignment, Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) is the go-to place for employment and training opportunities.

 

Take a look at the success stories from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines community as a result of using FFJ/ services provided by FFJ partners:

 

Employment
  • AnnMarie

The NFF is thrilled to announce the first FFJ success story. AnnMarie is a Royal Marine’s wife currently living in Arbroath. She has successfully secured a job working as a Teaching Assistant with Dundee City Council. Watch this video to follow her journey:

 

  • Megan Green

Megan Green, an Army spouse living in Germany secured her new job with FFJ:

”I heard about it (FFJ) from the coffee morning and also through Facebook as well so for about a month I’d sat with the website ready to go … Getting a job was to get me out and about, getting me working again as I’d spent nearly two years not working. It also meant I could get my son into nursery, which has helped him a lot and it gives us that extra stability of being able to pay the bills.”

Read her full interview here.

 

Training opportunity
  • Sarah

Sarah worked at SHAPE and attended one of LifeWorks Families’ courses because she was returning to the UK soon. She wanted to update her knowledge on what an employer would be expecting. Visit this page to find out more about LifeWorks Families.

 

“Following the course I had 3 job offers, the course gave me much, much more confidence in writing my CV and in myself… I even turned down 2 job offers because I knew they weren’t right for me. I think I was selling myself short before, which again is thanks to the course. I am now working in the Civil Service where I’m based.”

 

Posted on: 10th June, 2020
Updated on: 2nd July, 2020

A brand new ‘one-stop-shop’ website, Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) goes live on 17th September, providing free access to employment or training opportunities to families in the UK’s Armed Forces.

 

 

Finding employment

Apply for jobs with companies and organisations who are ‘Forces family’ friendly – who understand the unique challenges that come with being a family member in the Armed Forces. Use this free-to-use website with confidence knowing that employers advertising their job vacancies have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, or are able to demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces. There are already thousands of vacancies on the site, with more being added all the time from companies such as Santander, Amazon UK and Royal Mail.

 

Families can search directly for live jobs online, as well as upload their CV and register for regular updates. There is also the option for employers to be able to match submitted CVs to the roles they are recruiting for, both in the UK and overseas.

 

Training and career support

FFJ is also the place to go for training on how to write a CV, preparing for an interview, business start-up programmes, volunteering roles, funding towards training, career events or insight days. All offered by well-known service charities and or organisations willing to support through training.

 

Who is eligible to use the site?
  • Spouses, partners and adult children, aged 18-25, of currently serving and reserve personnel
  • Spouses, partners, and adult children, aged 18-25, of service personnel who have left the armed forces within the last 12 months
  • Bereaved spouses, partners and adult children, aged 18-25, for up to two years, post service.

 

The need for FFJ

Recent tri-Service research, commissioned by the Army Families Federation and conducted by Warwick Institute for Employment Research resulted in a key recommendation to create a central portal for employment and training opportunities for military spouses and family members.

 

Military spouse, Jane O’Brien said:

“I thought I knew what to expect as a military wife working… I was wrong! It can be a bumpy ride and one that is very unique and underestimated. In 2018 my husband was deployed. It’s the first time I have felt alone and this had an impact on both me and my five year old son.

“However, I was fortunate in that my line manager, a Covenant signatory, was incredibly supportive and this was a huge relief.”

 

Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said:

“We know that being a military family member often means moving regularly, creating gaps in CVs and frequent job changes.

“This website will provide a one-stop-shop and a forces-friendly facility that will help support service families in accessing job and training opportunities.”

 

Employers looking to join FFJ

Employers who have signed the Covenant are able to use FFJ to promote their job vacancies as a free of charge service – simply contact the FFJ team and they will advise you on next steps to take. Those with training offers are also welcome to contact the FFJ team or their single Service Families Federations.

 

Launch events and further information

The three Families Federations have held events across the UK to celebrate the launch of this new portal. The NFF hosted Armed Forces families, the Chain of Command, Government representatives and businesses in Plymouth, Taunton, Portsmouth and Helensburgh. Please scroll down to browse the galleries.

 

A tri-service project

This website has been produced through collaborative working between the Naval, Army and RAF Families Federations in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence Relationship Management Team.

 

Thanks to our partners who have provided funding and support to enable FFJ to happen:

 

  • Annington Trust
  • Army Benevolent Fund (ABF)
  • Army Central Fund
  • Broadbean
  • Defence Relationship Management (DRM)
  • Manpower Group
  • Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)
  • Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC)
  • University of Wolverhampton

 

Further Information

Please visit this page to find out how FFJ can benefit you. 

 

Gallery – FFJ National Launch (House of Lords, 17th September 2019)

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Gallery – FFJ launch (China Fleet Club, 23rd September 2019)

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Gallery – FFJ launch (Thye Castle Hotel Taunton, 24th September 2019)

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Gallery – FFJ launch (Spinnaker Tower, 30th September 2019)

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Gallery – FFJ launch (Scottish Submarine Centre, 7th October 2019)

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Posted on: 17th September, 2019
Updated on: 9th October, 2019

***** EXPIRED ***** 

All of the below events have been held. The NFF is pleased to be part of this tri-Service project and are grateful to receive enthusiastic interest at all of our regional launches. Thank you to those who have attended the event(s) and supported us. Galleries: click here.

 

Forces Families Jobs (FFJ), launched on 17th September, is a ‘one-stop shop’ where Service spouses/partners and family members can apply for jobs directly with employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant as well as find signposting to career and training opportunities. This will be your gateway to accessing information about acquiring new skills, upgrading your existing skills or applying directly to employers who are understanding of the unique challenges that come with being a family member of a Serving Person.

 

We are excited to be hosting regional launches close to you, which we hope you will be able to come along to. Please join us to chat about how FFJ can benefit you, followed by an opportunity to network (regional launches only).

 

Regional launches

If you would like to attend one of the following events, please do RSVP via email: Project@nff.org.uk so that we know numbers for catering.

 

Devonport

Date: 23rd September 2019 (Monday)

Time: 1900 – 2100

Venue: China Fleet Club, PL12 6LJ

RSVP date: 18th September

 

Taunton

Date: 24th September 2019 (Tuesday)

Time: 1900 – 2100

Venue: The Castle Hotel, TA1 1NF

RSVP date: 18th September

 

Portsmouth

Date: 30th September 2019 (Monday)

Time: 1930 – 2130

Venue: Spinnaker Tower, PO1 3TT

RSVP date: 25th September

 

Helensburgh

Date: 7th October 2019 (Monday)

Time: 1900 – 2100

Venue: Scottish Submarine Centre, G84 8TR

RSVP date: 2nd October

 

Find us at other events

Lucy Heaver, our Employment Specialist and Policy Adviser, will be attending the following events in the next few weeks. Do come by to find out more about this upcoming online portal.

 

RMB Chivenor Health Fair

Date: 18th September 2019 (Wednesday)

Time: All day

 

RMA Resettlement Fair

Date: 3rd October 2019 (Thursday)

Time: 10:00 – 16:00

Venue: CTCRM Lympstone

Entry: Please register your interest here.

 

We look forward to meeting you!

 

Tri-Service research, Military Spouse/Partner Employment: Identifying the barriers and support required, conducted by the Warwick Institute for Employment Research resulted in a key recommendation, the need to create a central portal for employment and training opportunities for Service spouses, partners and family members.

 

Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) – ForcesFamiliesJobs.co.uk – has been produced through collaborative working between the three Families Federations in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence Relationship Management Team.

 

The overall aim of this employment platform is to create a free-of-charge site that bridges the gap and enables the link between spouses and family members on the one hand, and employers training providers, on the other.

 

There are two main sections on Forces Families Jobs – ‘Jobs’ and ‘Training and Career Development’. 

 

  • The Jobs section allows employers to advertise jobs suitable for family members of serving personnel, free of charge. All employers will be asked to identify how they are ‘Forces friendly’.
    Spouses will be able to search for jobs in similar ways to many other job  However, uniquely, all employers have committed to support Forces families. This is important as 45% of spouses interviewed in the research undertaken by Warwickshire University felt they had been discriminated against due to their connection to the Services.

 

  • The training and career development section will bring together all the excellent existing initiatives available for serving families into one place, making it easier for spouses and partners to find. There will also be a section for training and courses that have been discounted specifically for Forces families.
Eligibility
Who is eligible to use the site?
  • Spouses/partners and adult children (aged 18-25) of currently serving personnel (Regular and Reserves)
  • Spouses/partners and adult children (aged 18-25) of Service personnel who have left the Armed Forces within the last 12 months
  • Bereaved spouses/partners and adult children (aged 18-25) for up to two years, post-Service.
Success Stories

Take a look at the success stories from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines community as a result of using FFJ/ services provided by FFJ partners here.

Information for employers
  • Advertise your jobs to this audience free of charge.

    Click on this image to access a downloadable leaflet. (Employers information)

  • Search our candidate database and download candidate CVs free of charge.
  • Fulfil your commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) and progress through the Employment Recognition Scheme (ERS) by demonstrating your commitment to Service spouses.
  • Have your own company profile where you can articulate your specific commitments to the Armed Forces Covenant and your ERS level.
  • This is not a paid for service but is provided free to those who have signed the AFC.

 

As a business you will be required to provide us with a link to your website, a logo and a few paragraphs about the support that you can provide to service families.

 

Please email help@forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk for further information and to request a copy of the registration form for employers.

 

 

We recently held a webinar for employers providing more information about Forces Families Jobs and the benefits of using our site, take a look:

Information for training providers

Advertise your opportunities and courses to this audience free of charge, by completing a form and returning to us by email.

 

Within the training section of the site, have a summary of your own company profile where you can articulate your specific commitments to the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) and the support services that you provide.

 

This is not a paid for service but is provided free to those who have signed the covenant.  

 

As a training providers you will be required to provide us with a link to your website, a logo and a few paragraphs about the support that you can provide to families.

 

Please email help@forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk for further information and to request a copy of the registration form for training providers.

 

Who will be able to advertise opportunities?

The training and career opportunities section does not require the training provider to be a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant or proof of Employer Recognition Scheme Status, but they will need to meet one of the following criteria to advertise on Forces Families Jobs:

  • Provide a FREE service to Armed Forces Families
  • Provide a discount or subsidised rate specifically for Service families
Information for spouses/partners and family members

Are you looking for a new job? Are you ready for a change in career? Forces Families Jobs is here to help. Forces Families Jobs is the go-to place for training and employment for family members of current serving UK Armed Forces personnel.

 

You can apply for jobs and access employment and training opportunities with companies and organisations who are Forces family friendly. You can use the website with confidence, knowing that all of the employers have signed the Armed Forces Covenant or are able to demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces. This is your gateway to accessing information about acquiring new skills, upgrading your existing skills or applying directly to employers who are understanding of the unique challenges that come with being a family member of a Serving Person.

We already have a whole host of specially chosen employers who’ve shown us that they celebrate military families and are waiting to employ someone like you! This site can give you access to hundreds of current, high quality jobs through its powerful search engine. By subscribing for job alerts you can pro-actively receive new job notifications directly into your inbox daily, weekly, or moments after the job is posted. To increase the ways through which you can find a job, you can upload your CV, create a profile and make your details searchable. This will make you visible in our candidate database, which will be searched by prospective employers looking to fill their vacancies, and which maximises your chance of finding a new job through Forces Families Jobs.

Webinars

Did you know that the FFJ team hold webinars to provide employers/jobseekers up-to-date information and top tips to help with your job hunt? Below are links to some of the recordings from the past webinars. For information on future events, please kindly visit FFJ homepage.

 

  • What is FFJ? Information for families – click here
  • What is FFJ? Information for employers – click here
  • CV writing with RFEA – click here
Further details
  • Listen to this podcast to find out more about the platform.

 

  • Forces Families Jobs launched on 17th September 2019. Please click here to read the news story.

 

  • If you have any questions, please get in touch with our Employment Specialist and Policy Adviser, Lucy Heaver at Lucy.Heaver@nff.org.uk.
Posted on: 21st May, 2019
Updated on: 11th February, 2021

X-Forces has set up a scheme to help Service Leavers, Reservists, and Spouses/ Partners to start their own business.

 

This scheme offers low interest start-up loans to individuals over 18 who have a viable business idea but no access to traditional finance.

 

Successful candidates will receive a 12-month free monitoring service, free training events and more.

 

Please see this page for more information and to apply for your Start Up Loan.

 

Posted on: 16th November, 2018

Armed Forces spouses can now add development coaching to the list of opportunities available from Recruit for Spouses (RfS), alongside help with CV’s, job matching and preparing for an interview.

With more employers turning to RfS to fill their vacancies, they have partnered with BAE Systems Plc to provide a comprehensive coaching programme for registered spouses.

What is coaching?

Coaching is an effective development tool that is designed to uncover what motivates individuals, identify what barriers exist and help them set goals for the future. Military spouses can sometimes feel a loss of identity: you may be working in a job that is convenient but unfulfilling, or you may feel unable to get back into the workplace after a break. Coaching can help to overcome any obstacles that have been holding you back.

Could it work for you?

The BAE sessions are carried out over the phone or via Skype, at a time that suits you, in a confidential environment where you can share your thoughts without judgement. The coaches understand the value that military spouses bring to the workplace and of the 13 spouses who have entered the programme since May 2017, four have already found the confidence to apply for jobs and been successful, even before coaching has finished.

Here’s what some of them have to say:

“Coaching has been instrumental in building my confidence. My coach not only spent hours on the phone providing guidance and direction, she reviewed my CV, presentations and job offers too. She also provided examples for covering letters, HR tools and techniques to build my skill set.

“My coach created an environment in which I felt able to explore and discuss. My motivation for going on the coaching course was to help me re-enter the work place after a 2½ year career break: my coach made me think about things I may not have considered, stopped me procrastinating and helped to build the confidence I needed. I have since undertaken two interviews and had one job offer.”

In The Pipeline:

RfS will soon be developing a new coaching programme with another organisation. If you think coaching could be the missing link in helping you return to work or achieving the career you always wanted, why not join the next cohort? Getting in touch is easy, just email enquiries@recruitforspouses.co.uk

Posted on: 14th February, 2018

Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes, styling advice and interview training to any woman with a confirmed interview. They give women the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools they require to succeed at interview and start a new chapter of their life.

At the core of their service is a dressing and interview appointment at one of their Smart Works centres.  During her visit, each woman receives a high-quality interview outfit (theirs to keep) tailored to their taste and style by Smart Works’ stylists. This is followed by dedicated one-to-one interview training with an experienced recruitment, HR or coaching professional.

The Smart Works service is currently run in six locations across the UK: North London, West London, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester, Reading and Birmingham, with more on the way.

Case studies

Tina Singh

Tina came to visit Smart Works for the first time in September 2015 and was successful in securing a role as a catering assistant in early October.

I had no smart clothes to wear for interviews and my confidence was at an all time low when I was referred to Smart Works in September.

The dressers at Smart Works made me look super sharp for my interview.  They were so kind and friendly; they knew how to dress me and gave me lots of styling advice.  They really were experts.

The interview techniques and tips I learnt during the interview coaching was also so very useful, and really helped me prepare for my interview properly.

Everyone at Smart Works made me feel worthy.  They really built up my confidence and I would recommend the service to anyone.”

Letitia Adu-Sarkodie

Letitia visited Smart Works in April 2015 having applied for over 30 jobs unsuccessfully in the previous 6 months.  Shortly after coming to Smart Works Letitia secured a job at Google in their HR department.

 “Being unemployed for a long time and being unsuccessful in so many applications had really impacted negatively on my sense of self worth and confidence.  I didn’t really believe in myself at interview which I am sure showed, and I know I wasn’t instilling confidence in the people interviewing me.

 Coming to Smart Works gave me a real confidence boost, it was a fantastic experience.

 The Interview session was priceless as it gave me so many good tips on how to answer tricky interview questions.  I really appreciated being able to go through my CV and I learnt how to speak about my skills and experience positively.

 I definitely left with a smile, and to top it all off I survived a very hard three hour interview and got the job!”

Appointments at Smart Works are by referral only. Each local Smart Works works with a large range of referral partners who support women back into work. If you are unsure you can find contact numbers here and they will be able to advice you.

 

For further information, please click here.

 

Posted on: 30th January, 2017

Research shows that Royal Navy and Royal Marines spouses/partners represent an untapped pool of skilled labour. However, a study by Barclays also shows that almost 40% of Service spouses and partners believe that having their other half in the Armed Services has prevented them from being offered a job interview. 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 Policyreferencing 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.

 

Cultureeach 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, have run a ‘skills’ workshop for Royal Navy and Royal Marines partners and spouses in the summer of 2018. A pilot workshop was held in Portsmouth and it is now rolling 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 info@nff.org.uk with the details and we will be able to share this on our LinkedIn page here; Forces Families Job (ForcesFamiliesJobs.co.uk) is a Tri-Service platform to enable family members of serving personnel to have a ‘one stop shop’ where they can apply for jobs directly with employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant as well as find signposting to other career and training opportunities. Please visit this page for more information. Listen to this podcast and find out more about how this platform can benefit employers.

 

Find out more

If you’re interested in finding out how you can offer employment support to Service spouses, or if you would like to know about Forces Families Jobs, please contact us at contactus@nff.org.uk.

 

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge to acknowledge and understand those who serve/ have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, that they should be treated with fairness and respect. The Armed Forces Covenant can be signed by businesses of all sizes, charitable organisations, local authorities, public sector organisations and single services. Employers can choose specific promises or pledges to support their employees within the Armed Forces community. For example, employers can pledge to promote the fact that they are an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.

 

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.

 

Defence Relationship Management has also produced a video to explain why this partnership is good for businesses and the Armed Forces community.

 

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. 

 

Posted on: 12th May, 2016
Last updated on: 24th February, 2020