TECH training and apprenticeship company QA has pledged to help members of the Service community, including military spouses, to join the civilian workforce.

The company, which has just signed the Armed Force Covenant, will be supporting spouses along with Service leavers, veterans, Reservists and cadets in an effort to bridge the UK’s digital skills gap.

Free training for military spouses

AFF, along with the other families federations, received a generous donation of 20 Microsoft Applications courses for spouses (worth £6,400) as well as access to subsidised training ideal for spouses looking to boost their tech skills.

With only 17 per cent of technology roles in the UK currently filled by women, QA aims to inspire female spouses of serving military and veterans in particular, by providing free business applications training.

Boosting tech talent

QA’s free and subsidised bespoke training packages will include employability skills, work-placement positions through the AWS re:Start initiative and technology consultant positions, as well as apprenticeships. All of these are in key areas where there is demand for talent such as cloud computing, cyber security, app development, project management, IT systems and networking.

AFF Employment and Training Specialist, Laura Lewin, said: “The opportunities for a career or professional training can be limited but we’ve found that, financially, for many families it is a ‘must have’. The help that QA are providing to military spouses, with free Business Applications courses to women across the UK, will help those involved immensely.”

For more information about QA’s services, visit

Although the 20 free courses have now been allocated to spouses, subsidised training is still available. Please go to and state you’ve been directed by AFF.

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