A new employment and training platform
All three families federations are working collectively to build a new employment and training platform – Forces Families Jobs – which will launch on 17th September.
It’s a brand new website which is free to use and is specifically designed to support family members of current serving personnel in their search for employment, training or volunteering opportunities. Personnel who are leaving the Service, during their first year of transition out of the armed forces, are also included in the offer.
Apply for jobs and access employment and training opportunities with companies and organisations who are forces family friendly. Use this website with confidence in knowing that employers have signed the Armed Forces Covenant or are able to demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces.
Search easily for organisations who have met the bronze, silver or gold Employment Recognition Scheme standards (ERS). In turn employers will be able to match your CV to the roles they’re recruiting for.
Last year, the Army Families Federation published a report from the research project into spousal employment. It was run in partnership with the University of Warwick; the creation of an employment platform was one of the key recommendations.
We have been working closely with the Defence Relationship Management team (DRM), and other key organisations to develop the content and encourage companies who have signed the Armed Forces covenant to submit their profiles in readiness for when we launch.
Funding and support
We are grateful for funding provided from a few organisations – one key sponsor being the Royal Air Forces Association who has funded elements of the website’s development. Other supporters (at time of writing) include the Annington Trust, ABF The Soldier’s Charity, The Army Central Fund, Broadbean, DRM, Manpower, Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the University of Wolverhampton.
Follow the progress
Sign up to our eBulletin for news on the platform as it grows. Search #forcesfamiliesjobs on social media or talk to Caroline at the RAF Families Federation with any questions on 01780 781650 or email [email protected]
In the next issue of Envoy, find out about some of the businesses who will be advertising their job vacancies on FFJs.
A total of 144 companies have signed up so far. If your organisation has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, you are now able to download the Employers form, complete and send back to [email protected] as this part of the project is now live.
This news story is included in the Summer edition of Envoy magazine – the free magazine for RAF personnel and your families too. You can sign up online to have your own copy sent to your home (quarterly).