Highways England to support spouses with their ‘Returnship’ programme
Information for spouses requiring a Certificate of Good Conduct
TRUEview - Employment support for Army spouses in the North East
Helping Army families find the missing link
RBLI LifeWorks employability courses
Recruit for Spouses
Information for spouses requiring CRB checks
CV & Interview Tips
Are you a professional who has taken a career break of two or more years and is now ready to return to work?
Highways England are launching their 2018 Returner’s Programme, ‘Bridging the Gap’, to enable talented professionals who have had a career break to return to work on a structured programme. Read more
Is it for me?
During their six month ‘returnship’ programme, you will have a supportive line manager and a mentor, as well as coaching, to ensure you have all you need to be successful in a growing business.
Highways England offers opportunities in a wide variety of disciplines and supports flexible working options. Opportunities are available in a number of locations throughout England.
These opportunities are not only available to those who’ve had previous experience in their chosen field – it’s more about the work you’ve done rather than the industry you’re from.
Applications from Army spouses with transferrable skills are welcome.
Find out more
The programme launches in April. To apply, visit careers.highways.gov.uk
A Certificate of Good Conduct (CGC) is a police and criminal check for Service personnel or their entitled family members, where they are required by a new employer to cover a period spent abroad. The CGC is required in addition to a DBS check. Read more
Will I need a Certificate of Good Conduct?
You may require a CGC if you have lived outside the UK for a period of 12 months or more within the last 10 years. Especially if you intend to work or volunteer with children and young people, or vulnerable adults.
The aim of the certificate is to prevent anyone seeking employment or volunteer roles from being at a disadvantage of obtaining employment on their return to UK and saves you having to approach foreign embassies for this information, often at an additional charge. A CGC applies to those countries where Royal Military Police (RMP) have jurisdiction.
Who can issue a Certificate of Good Conduct?
The certificates are issued by the Service Police Crime Bureau Vetting Officer and can be applied for in advance of your move back to the UK. The process is very simple, but can take up to 40 days for you to receive your certificate from the application date, so it is advisable to do it as soon as possible. Certificates are available for anyone who is leaving an area where the RMP have jurisdiction. For other areas it can be more complicated, so please contact AFF for further information.
What is the process?
You will need to put your request in writing – email is fine – to SpecOpsRMP-SPCB-Vetting0Grp@mod.uk, providing the following details:
- Full name (including any previous names)
- Date and place of birth
- Address that will appear on the Police Certificate (please provide a 5-year history)
- Country and dates spent in that country
- Valid Proof of ID (either photo page of passport or photo driving licence) This can be scanned or photo taken of the document and attached to email)
- You should state what information you are seeking e.g. a specific period, your entire criminal record etc. If the purpose is solely for employment vetting, the employer is only entitled to ask for the time spent abroad– this can then be clearly stated on your certificate.
- Finally, you should state how you want to receive the info – hardcopy or by return email, and I would recommend that you include details of the job offer and start dates etc.
If you have experienced any issues getting a Certificate of Good Conduct, please contact AFF’s Employment and Training Specialist Laura Lewin for further advice.
A new employment project from North East charity Finchale could help you find your new career. Read more
Spouses and partners across the region can access the TRUEview project, designed to help with employability.
With money from the Covenant Grants Fund, the project aims to remove barriers to work such as childcare and flexible hours with a unique focus on jobs that can lead to a portable career.
The programme is free to access, including free childcare, and is being delivered in Catterick Garrison offering CV writing and interview techniques, one-to-one career coaching and support with researching the job market.
For more information or to reserve your place, call 0191 386 2634 or email email@example.com
The Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Jobcentre Plus has compiled a comprehensive factsheet especially for Army families, including Reservists and veterans, with useful links covering employment, education & training, housing and finance. Read more
You may find this useful whether your soldier is serving, going through resettlement or even if they are a veteran. Click here for the factsheet.
For more information contact the AFF Employment, Training, Allowances & Money Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are looking at restarting your career, or going out to work for the first time, then these employability workshops could be perfect for you. The RBLI programme, delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, is a vocational assessment and employability course that gives you the tools to enable you to get the job you want, you are going to succeed in and enjoy. Click here for more details and course dates.
The Not-For-Profit organisation Recruit for Spouses is an independent organisation designed specifically to recruit the spouses of Service men and women. Recruit for spouses can help with CV writing, interview techniques and they can introduce you to businesses who support the military community. To find out more, visit www.recruitforspouses.co.ukBack to top
The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has replaced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks, which allows employees to take their DBS certificate with them from role to role. Read more
You can join the Update Service for a registration fee of £13 per year (there is no fee for volunteers) when you have your application form reference number or you can join the update service with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. You must do it within 28 calendar days of the date of issue, which is printed on the certificate. Alternatively, you can join the update service with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. If so, you must do so within 30 calendar days of the date of issue, which is printed on the certificate.
The DBS has created two YouTube videos that explain how the Update Service can benefit applicants and employers:
Having a good CV is essential, no matter what kind of employment you are seeking. As an Army spouse who probably has a chequered career history or postings-induced career breaks, it’s even more important that your CV makes you stand out from the crowd. Read more
Here are a few websites that provide useful information on writing a CV and preparing for an interview, and what questions you may be asked:
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