Date: Thursday September 19, 2019 at 10:32am
new ‘one-stop-shop’ website, Forces Families Jobs (FFJ), went live on 17th
September, providing free access to employment and training opportunities to
families in the UK’s Armed Forces.
can apply for jobs with companies and organisations who are ‘Forces family’
friendly – who understand the unique challenges that come with being a family
member in the Armed Forces. They can use this free-to-use website with
confidence, knowing that employers advertising their job vacancies have signed
the Armed Forces Covenant, or are able to demonstrate their commitment to the
Armed Forces. There are already thousands of vacancies on the site, with more being
added all the time from companies such as Santander, Amazon UK and Royal Mail.
can search directly for live jobs online, as well as upload their CV and
register for regular updates. There is also the option for employers to be able
to match submitted CVs to the roles they are recruiting for, both in the UK and
Training and career support:
also the place to go for training on how to write a CV, preparing for an
interview, business start-up programmes, volunteering roles, funding towards
training, career events or insight days. All offered by well-known service
charities and or organisations willing to support through training.
Who is eligible to use the site?
Spouses, partners and adult children, aged 18-25,
of currently serving and reserve personnel.
- Spouses, partners, and adult children, aged 18-25,
of service personnel who have left the Armed Forces within the last 12 months.
- Bereaved spouses, partners and adult children, aged
18-25, for up to two years, post-service.
The need for FFJ:
research, commissioned by the Army Families Federation and conducted by Warwick
Institute for Employment Research, resulted in a key recommendation to create a
central portal for employment and training opportunities for military spouses
and family members.
Military spouse, Jane O’Brien
thought I knew what to expect as a military wife working… I was wrong! It can
be a bumpy ride and one that is very unique and underestimated. In 2018 my
husband was deployed. It’s the first time I have felt alone and this had an
impact on both me and my five-year-old son."
I was fortunate in that my line manager, a Covenant signatory, was incredibly
supportive and this was a huge relief.”
Johnny Mercer MP, Minister for
Defence People and Veterans, said:
“We know that being
a military family member often means moving regularly, creating gaps in CVs and
frequent job changes.
“This website will
provide a one-stop-shop and a forces-friendly facility that will help support
service families in accessing job and training opportunities.”
Employers looking to join FFJ:
who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant are able to use FFJ to promote their
job vacancies as a free-of-charge service – they can simply contact the FFJ
team and they will advise on the next steps to take. Those with training offers
are also welcome to contact the FFJ team or their single Service Families
Launch events and further
many launch events and promotional stands present throughout the coming months,
simply go to the homepage at forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk to find out more.
A tri-service project:
website has been produced through collaborative working between the Naval, Army
and RAF Families Federations in conjunction with the Ministry of Defence
Relationship Management team.
our partners who have provided funding and support to enable FFJ to happen:
Army Benevolent Fund (ABF)
Army Central Fund
Defence Relationship Management (DRM)
Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA)
Royal Navy Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC)
University of Wolverhampton