Spreading the word about FFJ

AFF was out and about recently at the Military Community Employment and Education Fair in Tidworth, Wiltshire to spread the word about Forces Families Jobs to employers and families.

Forces Families Jobs, an employment and training platform for spouses, partners and family members of serving and Reserve UK military personnel across all three services, launched in September. The response so far has been encouraging, with nearly 300 employers already signed up, who are committed to being forces friendly.

The reaction to Forces Families Jobs at the fair was very positive. Army spouse Lisa Overton said: “This website will help find a company that doesn’t discriminate against Army wives and help you find a job, knowing that you’re not going to be judged for moving around and being married to someone serving in the Forces.”

Nearly 100 employers and training providers were there, so it was a great way to network and find out what work and training opportunities are available, particularly for families who have just arrived in Wiltshire as part of rebasing.

Hugh McNulty, from Babcock, said: “Usually, websites are looking at people who are leaving the Forces and not just the families themselves. The website will give the rest of the family the chance to seek a career.”

There were presentations from Wiltshire Council and social enterprise X-Forces, which gave tips on self-employment and start-ups.

AFF is supporting Project JEMS (Jobs and Education for Military Families South West), which helped to organise the fair, alongside Wiltshire Council, Army Headquarters South West, Wiltshire College & University Centre, the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Careers Advisory Service (CAS) and Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).


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