Can you believe that Forces Families Jobs reaches its second birthday today (17 September)? No, we can’t either! Throughout the pandemic, FFJ has grown into much more than just a jobs board, so if you’re thinking about training, going into business or looking for work, make it your first port of call. AFF Employment & Training Specialist, Jenna Richardson, has an update…

Over the summer we broke the 10,000 barrier for live jobs, with 950 registered employers, 67 training providers and more than 6,500 registered users. Between January and June, we welcomed more than 65,000 new visitors to the site and recorded 5,500 responses to job adverts.

FFJ now provides information about apprenticeships and volunteering, as well as a series of webinars, where we welcome experts to offer advice and support to members of our community. So far, we’ve featured CV writing, self-employment and opportunities with some of our valued employers, as well as an insight session with Pearson Education. If you missed these, you can view the recordings on our Job Seeker and Business Start-ups page. forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk

Coming to your screen

We’re excited to soon be launching three short films – created by This Media Larke – which provide an insight into FFJ. Each looks at a different perspective of the FFJ community: the job seeker, the employer and the training provider.

In our job seeker video, we meet military spouse Vasemaca, who explains how she used FFJ to secure a new role when her husband was posted and found it straightforward and easy to navigate. It’s helped her to find a job that was appropriate for her experience and qualifications.

Project JEMS at Wiltshire College is featured in our film about training opportunities. We’re introduced to Salome (pictured right), Louise-Jayne and Simran, who each had very different goals, but all needed Level 2 qualifications in English and maths to progress to the next level.

Amazon and Fujitsu are showcased in our employer video as both companies work closely with the FFJ team to support the employment of military spouses. Meet members of the recruitment teams and learn more about how and why they encourage the recruitment of military spouses to their workforces.

This is just a taster, so head to the FFJ website and look out for more content about the adventures of Forces Families Jobs on social media.

Go social

As part of our next step in the development of FFJ, we’re taking a dive into Facebook and LinkedIn, followed by other platforms in the coming months. We’ll be running collaborations with our employers and training providers, highlighting featured jobs, sharing news and updates and posting about events. So if you see us pop up on your timeline, like and follow us to keep track of what’s happening in the military spouse/partner employment space.

Meet the team

FFJ has recently welcomed Wendy Quinn from the Naval Families Federation, and Greg Timlin from the Royal Air Force Families Federation team alongside AFF’s FFJ Administrator Sarah Johnson, and myself. We’re looking forward to taking FFJ to the next level.

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