Job hunting

Forces Families Jobs is the go-to place for training and employment for family members of currently serving UK military personnel. For details on overseas employment opportunities please click here and choose the location.

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01   Would you like to find out about job opportunities at your new UK posting?

AFF has been working with Wiltshire college to support Project JEMS (Jobs and Education for Military Families South West).

The project aims to support the relocation of units to Wiltshire by identifying employment and training for spouses and working age children. This survey is to find out more about those relocating. If this initial pilot is successful, the aim is to roll out the approach across the South West of England.

Click here to find out more and take the survey.

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02   Spouse Employment Support Trial evaluation

The Forces in Mind Trust has funded an evaluation of the MOD’s Spouse Employment Support (SES) Trial, which shows the positives of supporting spouses of Service personnel. Read the evaluation, conducted by Anglia Ruskin University, here

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03   Information for spouses requiring a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Certificate

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 or equivalent is required in addition to a DBS check.

Will I need a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Certificate?

You may require a CGC if you have lived outside the UK for a period of more than six months within the last five 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 on their return to UK and saves you having to approach foreign embassies for this information, often at an additional charge.

Who can issue a Certificate of Good Conduct/Police Certificate?

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.

From May 2018, the inclusion of all overseas areas means that, as the SPCB cannot be absolutely sure that an individual has not been convicted overseas, the wording on the police certificate has been revised to read:

“Please note this certificate is based solely on information reported to the Service Police and held on the REDCAP criminal records database and Police National Computer. It is possible that foreign police forces may have dealt with an offence and not reported it to the Service Police.”

What is the process?

You will need to put your request in writing – email is fine – to, 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 on for further advice.

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04   Helping Army families find the missing link

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.

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 Specialist, at

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05   RBLI LifeWorks employability courses

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 MOD, 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. They have also launched an online learning platform, which allows you to gain access to bite-size chunks of their course material with all sessions tailored to the Armed Forces and their families. You will need to register for FREE online to do this. Click here for more details including course dates and how to learn online.

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06   Recruit for Spouses

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.

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07   RFEA Families Programme

The RFEA Families Programme can support military spouses and partners to develop the skills they need to find and secure the job that works for them. In addition, the RFEA offers job brokerage, individual case working and support with funding applications for training for members of the military community.

The programme is open to civilian spouses and partners of serving and ex-Service personnel, including divorced spouses and widows, subject to eligibility checks.

Click here for more details.

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08   Information for spouses requiring DBS checks

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) replaced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks, which allows employees to take their DBS certificate with them from role to role.

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:

Watch the applicant video.

Watch the employer video.

For more information on the Disclosure and Barring Service checks, visit or email us at

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09   CV & Interview Tips

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.

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:

Further information can be found here or by contacting

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