In the autumn, Forces Families Jobs launched a new Employment Programmes section on its website to help ensure that you don’t miss out on landing your dream job with those larger employers who recruit differently.

Jenna Richardson, AFF’s Employment & Training Specialist, explains: “We noticed that while some of our bigger employers were registered with FFJ, they weren’t all posting vacancies, so we set up a working group with some of them to try and find out why. This helped us to understand more about how they recruit.”

The team discovered that it was largely due to different recruitment processes in larger companies, many of which offer specific programmes to the military community. Now, you can find information about alternative ways into these organisations on the ‘other routes to employment’ tab on FFJ.

Harnessing skillsets

One of the organisations who took part in the working group was Metro Bank, which is an active member of the FFJ employer community. Lead mortgage product manager Rupert Stevens says: “Metro Bank wants to recruit military spouses and partners because the proactive attitude that this community has – from having to juggle the demands of the military and family, as well as their own careers alongside their own education – is something to harness.”

He went on to explain that the offer from Metro Bank includes direct email access to one-to-one support, CV advice, interview support for applying for their roles, and an assurance that there is no disadvantage as a result of a military connection.

Find out more about the opportunities available from Metro Bank and some of our other employers at

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