Forces Employment Charity

Friday 15th March 2024

New findings reveal 1 in 6 military spouses and partners worry about the impact that being from a forces household will have on their children. The Forces Employment Charity unveils new career support for young people for Month of the Military Child in response.

A survey carried out on behalf of the Forces Employment Charity has revealed that 1 in 6 military spouses and partners worry about the impact that being from a military household will have on their children*.

In response, the Forces Employment Charity is releasing a brand-new suite of resources, specially designed to help young people with at least one parent who has served in the Armed Forces prepare to take their first steps on the career ladder. Currently, it is estimated that there are up to 124,500 military children in the UK.

Following a successful pilot and to coincide with the Month of the Military Child in April, Forces Employment Charity is now expanding its support so that more young people can access a wealth of helpful tools and information, all free of charge, to guide them through the fundamentals of job seeking.

Resources range from crib sheets on topics like ‘what is a CV?’, to FAQs for navigating support at college or school, tips about what military children have to offer, and much more.

Videos will also be available featuring real-life stories of people from military families, talking about how having a parent in the Armed Forces has shaped them and their careers.

Members of the dedicated team at Forces Employment Charity come from military families themselves. Therefore, they understand the importance of supporting young people who face an ever-changing situation, from frequent moves, education gaps and separation from parents’ and social networks.

Kelly Wales, Families Education and Skills Liaison at Forces Employment Charity says:

“As a spouse of someone currently serving in the Armed Forces and a parent, I understand first-hand the challenges of living in a military household. As a community, we Forces Families face a unique set of circumstances that often aren’t well understood by those outside it.”

“For some, issues like frequent house moves and a lack of nearby close networks can harm schooling. In turn, without the right support, this can have a significantly detrimental impact on longer-term career development.”

“As members of the dedicated Families team at the Forces Employment Charity, we are passionate about ensuring everyone in the military community receives the support they need to succeed with their chosen career goals.”

“The Month of the Military Child is the perfect time to shine a light on the support that is out there, and we encourage anyone from a Forces background to get in touch and find out more about how we can help.”

Student Ruby Taylor is a military child the Forces Employment Charity has supported. Talking about her experiences with the charity, she says:

“The Forces Employment Charity understands what I’ve been through. They’ve motivated me to try new things that benefit my future.”

The Forces Employment Charity provides life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, regardless of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.

For more information visit: www.forcesemployment.org.uk

 

*Research undertaken by OnePoll on behalf of the Forces Employment Charity between 8th to 22nd November 2023.

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