If you are hoping to work in childcare, Canada insists that you have an open work permit and for that you need to have completed a medical. Many spouses complete the medical in the UK which means that, upon arrival in Canada, they can immediately acquire the permit ready to start work. The medical costs around £300. However, if you are subsequently employed at a childcare facility in Ralston village, working with predominantly service children, that cost will be reimbursed by BATUS.
For spouses seeking employment with children in the pre-school sector, it is also essential to bring transcripts and parchments of any UK qualifications. Both parts of the qualification are required to show the specific units that have been passed. If spouses don’t have or can’t obtain their qualification parchments and transcripts (if their educational establishment is no longer in existence, for example) then to be employed at either of the pre-school establishments in the village, they have to take the Level One childcare qualification, which is a free online 50-hour course organised through the Learning Lab in Ralston village.
If you are hoping to work in such fields as medical, dental or social care, then there are specific challenges regarding recognition of UK qualifications, so contact Kerry Goldring at the Military Family Resource Centre firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are two organisations which employ the majority of spouses seeking employment. Both organisations fall under the Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Service (CFMWS).
Personnel Support Programmes (PSP), which employs spouses in areas such as recreation, demands ‘UK reliability screening’ of every applicant for any job to accompany their application. This screening can only be obtained from within the UK. However, the second organisation (the Military Family Resource Centre) does not require that screening.
See also the Army&You website, which has an article on the Ralston Learning Lab.
If you are considering undertaking employment or training during your posting to BATUS or have any questions, contact our AFF Canada Co-ordinator, Liz Ellwood email@example.com.Back to top
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.Back to top
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, hereBack to top
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 SpecOpsRMP-SPCB-Vetting0Grp@mod.gov.uk, providing the following details:
If you have experienced any issues getting a Certificate of Good Conduct, please contact AFF’s Employment and Training Specialist on firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice.Back to top
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 email@example.comBack to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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:Back to top
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:
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