Thursday 3rd December 2020

The Capitalising on Military Family Talent toolkit explains how employers can recruit and retain military family members. Produced in partnership with the Welsh and Scottish Governments, Business in the Community (BITC) has published this guide helps businesses to extend support to family members of those serving in the military.

The impact of military life on family members

Life for members of an Armed Forces family can have its challenges, and employment prospects can be affected. Serving family members can expect to be displaced, at times overseas, and be apart from their partners for long periods of times. These conditions have a tremendous impact on family members and make it more difficult for them to gain and sustain employment.

87% of military spouses think it is more challenging for them to gain employment compared with civilians.

This is despite them having high levels of qualifications, transferable skills and valuable life skills.

A guide to help employers recruit and retain military family members

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Lisa Thipthorp, Policy Team Manager at RAF Families Federation, comments:

“This is an excellent resource for forces-friendly employers in Wales and Scotland who recognise the wealth of talent in military partners.

“It explains the challenges this cohort faces in gaining meaningful employment despite their high levels of qualifications and life skills and outlines how employers can support them as part of their workforce.”

About Capitalising on Military Family Talent

Capitalising on Military Family Talent explains how family members of those serving in the military can be affected and what steps employers can take. It discusses the barriers they can experience when applying for work but also the barriers that prevent them from being able to work. The toolkit covers how military family members can be inspired and prepared for work as well as how employers can support them once they have joined an organisation.

The toolkit features case studies from BITC members who have worked to inspire, hire and grow military family talent. It also provides clear guidance to help your business unlock the skills and experience of military family members.

The toolkit features research by BITC members University of Warwick, and case studies from BITC members including: Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd, Barclays, BT, Deloitte, Enbarr Enterprises, Royal Bank of Scotland (Natwest Group), Standard Life Aberdeen, and Virgin Money.

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