House of Lords launch for Forces Families Jobs

The new tri-Service employment and training platform, Forces Families Jobs, has been launched at the House of Lords.

Influential guests, partners and spouses were there to hear how the website has been designed to help Service families in their hunt for meaningful work or training.

The speakers were Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans; military spouse Suzy Ives, who is Head of Finance at Balfour Beatty; MD of Manpower Group UK and partner of FFJ, Mark Cahill, and military spouse Jess Sands, who runs weekly podcasts for business owners who are also military spouses.

Jess Sands, of InDependent Spouse, said: “When you watch any military parade, you’ll usually see a whole collection of shining medals. These medals are quite rightly in recognition of the hard work of the Service person in operations but, for us, the military spouse, they represent something else – our own sacrifices.

“It’s this community, the wives, husbands and partners of serving personnel that is the true foundation that holds up the Armed Forces but, in turn, they also need to be nurtured and supported.”

We are delighted that Johnny Mercer MP gave his support to the project and tweeted afterwards: “Spousal employment sits alongside other top priorities for me – some seriously talented spouses, and a skills market that needs them.”

AFF’s Regional Manager North & Central Jessica Harriman and East Anglia Co-ordinator Claire Hallam also hosted a coffee morning in Colchester.

Claire said: “We received lots of positive feedback both from the families and the unit welfare teams. Spouses spoke of their difficulties having an employer that understands the challenges that Forces life can bring, and how being able to search for an employer that is signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant will give them more confidence to apply with that company.”

To date there are more than 250 employers signed up and more than 2,900 jobs available. All of the employers on the site have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which means they have to demonstrate their commitment to Armed Forces families.

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