Progress on last year: employment & training

This autumn we are focussing on employment & training here at AFF, to tie in with the launch of our tri-Service platform, Forces Families Jobs, on 17 September. Throughout September and October, we’ll bring you lots of useful information, news and updates and we’ll also cast the spotlight on barriers to employment and access to training.

We focussed on a monthly theme each month last year, including employment. So, who did we speak to and what did we do with your engagement?

Here’s a few things we think you should know…

In 2018, our employment and training enquiries from families were up a massive 128%. Barriers to employment remained the biggest issue with 38% of enquiries on that subject.

Your evidence really is vital in allowing us to continue pushing for the changes you want to see, so thank you.

What we’ve been working on:

We’ve worked hard on your behalf to take your issues to the relevant contacts. During 2018, we’ve worked with the MOD Covenant team to resolve issues around vetting for spouses returning from overseas postings who did not meet the five-year residency criteria for some roles.

We’ve also worked with the Department for Work and Pensions to further promote the National Insurance credit scheme. There are two types of credit Service spouses can claim if they’ve been posted overseas.

Information about all the topics covered last year is available on our website.

But it doesn’t stop there…

Keep an eye on our social media throughout September and October to find out what we’re currently working on. If you have a specific concern, you can contact our Employment specialist.

We’d love to hear your views and welcome your comments, involvement and suggestions.

Check out our Employment & Training and Finance pages.


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