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Forces Employment Charity

Helping Veterans and the Military Community Find Civilian Employment Success

The Forces Employment Charity exists to provide life-long, life-changing support, job opportunities, and training to Service leavers, veterans, reservists and their families, irrespective of circumstances, rank, length of service, or reason for leaving.  The charity also delivers Op NOVA on behalf of the NHS, supporting veterans who are in contact with the justice system. 

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, the Forces Employment Charity has the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. It works in partnership with other organisations and employers who, like the Forces Employment Charity, respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of all those who have served.

Forces Employment Charity now spans 14 specialist programmes, to provide greater levels of employment support than ever before to the Military community.

Through our work we help:

  • Early Service Leavers
  • Wounded injured and sick Service leavers
  • Those seeking Executive roles
  • Vulnerable veterans
  • Veterans in contact with the Justice System and their partners
  • Unemployed veterans in London
  • Female veterans
  • Those interested in the tech/cyber sectors
  • Veterans, partners and service children in the M3 area
  • Afghans with a defence connection
  • Plus, over 9,500 Forces-Friendly employers

Each year the charity supports around 21,000 ex-Forces and their families and creates around 100,000 job opportunities specifically suited to their skills and attributes.

The Forces Employment Charity has a team of dedicated Employment Advisors on-hand to provide tailored, specialist advice to help with anyone looking to take the next step on the career ladder.

Matthew Emberton served for almost 23 years in the Army as an infantry communications specialist and sought support from the Forces Employment Charity.

He says: “People in the military have a strong work ethic and, as a career soldier, I need the big challenges that employment brings that will push me, enabling me to function properly and at my best. When I contacted Forces Employment Charity, I was in a slump – I was fed up with being rejected and I was starting to lose focus. I was so used to getting rejections that I half expected a rejection each time I sent my CV off. Forces Employment Charity has helped me refocus – I was given help with my CV and partnered with a mentor, which boosted my confidence and reminded me that there are things that I can do. I was introduced to roles I’d never thought I’d be capable of. This made me realise there is a lot more help out there than I’d known, which gave me a new positive outlook.

My Employment Advisor found me a great role that they encouraged me to go for and my mentor helped me prepare for the interview. Without either of them I am sure I wouldn’t have landed the role that has started my new career since leaving the British Army. Getting a new job and being offered the opportunity to start my new career has lifted my morale and given me a new sense of purpose. A lot of the stress and worry about paying monthly bills has now gone and I can start to plan my life again.”

What to expect when you register with the Forces Employment:

Once you have registered with the Forces Employment Charity via an Advisor will be in touch to find out more about your current situation.

Your Advisor will carry out a ‘needs assessment’ which will help them understand any barriers to employment relating to issues such as health, housing, debt etc. If any additional needs are identified, your Advisor will then be able to refer you to other organisations who can provide the relevant help required.

Our Advisors can then help develop your employability to present you to employers in the best possible way. That can involve advice on what to apply for, how to find work and develop a good CV, interview skills, training, etc.

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