The Annington Trust has agreed to support the tri-Service Forces Families Jobs online employment and training platform for family members of current UK Armed Forces military personnel with a donation worth £45,000 over three years.
Launched in September 2019, the overall aim of the website is to create a 'one-stop-shop' where family members can apply for Forces friendly jobs with employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. Career and training opportunities unique to Forces families are also signposted.
It is well documented that military spouses can find it difficult finding and sustaining rewarding employment that is appropriate to their skillset and experience. Research undertaken by the Army Families Federation and the University of Warwick indicates that there are many employers keen to employ and support military spouse and family members. Similary there are many training initiatives that have been developed for this cohort. Sadly, 54% of spouses that responded to a recent questionnaire were unaware of the support available to them to find work and only 10% of the same gorup had actually accessed the support available to them.
One of the key recommendations from the research published in 2018 was to 'introduce an online jobs platform, a one-stop-shop for Forces families to access employment and training opportunities'.
Spouses will be able to search for jobs in similar ways to many other job platforms but what makes this unique is that all employers have committed to support Forces families. This is important as 45% of spouses interviewed by the University of Warwick felt they had been discriminated against due to their connection to the Services.
Stats at a glance:
- Currently the site is listing 2,594 live jobs. Over 340 employers and 33 training providers have registered.
- Over 600 candidates have registered their details since launch
- Over 400 jobs have been listed
Sara Baade, Chief Executive of the Army Families Federation:
"We are really pleased with the first three months of FFJ and we hope you feel that your investment in us, and the site, have been a success as well. We are immensely thankful for your support."