Preparing for employment

There are many routes available when it comes to preparing yourself for employment. Either as part of your transition out of the RAF or as a partner looking to simply change jobs or begin employment after a career break.


Find the perfect volunteering opportunity just for you at Do-it by tapping in your postcode and seeing what’s near to you. Volunteering also allows you a great way of developing your skills, not to mention being a brilliant addition to your CV.


Lifeworks run online group workshops where the trainers help you identify your strengths as well as potential career or training opportunities. They will also help develop your CV writing as well as help you manage interview scenarios and increase your confidence. Courses are available for anyone who has served or spouses/partners – older children too. Each course is free to you as to date they have been funded by various charitable trust funds as well as the Armed Forces Covenant.

Career Transition Partnership

The CTP provides resettlement services for servicemen and woman leaving the Armed Forces. Regardless of time served, all members of the Armed Forces can benefit from CTP support when leaving Service.


The employment initiative – ‘Step into Health‘ connects employers in the NHS to people from the Armed Forces community, by offering an access route into employment and career development opportunities. The programme recognises the transferable skills and cultural values that Armed Forces personnel develop when serving, and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles. There are also non-clinical roles available and often offer flexible working options.

Officers’ Association

Whether you are still serving, in transition or a former officer wishing to change career in later life, the Officers’ Association is able to offer professional, impartial and practical advice on all aspects of transition and employment.

Recruit for Spouses

Recruit for Spouses is a leading organisation helping military spouses all over the UK into employment, acting as a gateway to introduce you to the job market. They engage with companies who are keen to recruit military spouses so a good place to start when job hunting.


SORTED! comprises of seven well established charities, which provide a wide range of employment related services and support for the Forces community (including spouses/partners and dependents) to find and stay in work. These services have now been integrated into seamless employability support and guidance.

The Great Military (In)Dependents Job Hunt

The Great Military (In)Dependents Job Hunt is a closed Facebook group for people to seek advice for job interviews, applications, or if they are looking into working in different industries, different areas, etc. Also a place where people can share locally-advertised employed positions.

Wellbeing and employment workshop for partners of RAF personnel

The RAF Benevolent Fund is introducing a new programme, Thrive, which aims to help partners overcome a potential lack of experience, qualifications, writing CVs or interview skills as barriers and aims to also:

  • increase the employability of partners who are looking for paid employment
  • further the skills of partners who are already resourceful
  • explore alternatives to paid employment
  • improve overall wellbeing and emotional resilience
  • reduce social isolation

Trials of Thrive are being held at at RAF Leeming, RAF Halton, RAF Benson and RAF Northolt, with a series of five workshops taking place at each location led by qualified coaches who themselves have served or are the partners of serving RAF.

Join our LinkedIn Group

As well as the above services, the RAF Families Federation has a LinkedIn Page where we post useful snippets and advice around all things to do with employment and training.