Employment Programmes

Military spouses face unique challenges that come from having a partner in the Armed Forces. From sudden deployments to unexpected moves, to a reserve unit being mobilised for duty; these situations can be unsettling and challenging. Amazon recognises this and has policies in place enabling a career to be maintained at Amazon, including job portability, options for remote working or extended sabbaticals allowing the employee to return to employment at Amazon at a future date. To support the Military spouse community, we have the global Amazon Warriors@ Military Spouse Affinity group.  The Military Spouse group provides a place for Amazon’s military spouses to engage with and support one another, promotes the value of military spouses in our workplace, and advances the needs for military spouses to drive successful careers within Amazon. Interested to work for Amazon?  Visit Amazon Jobs

In addition to the above we also have a military talent pool, which includes Military spouses. Want to register your interest to work at Amazon?  Why not add your CV to our talent pool.  Recruiters actively source candidates from the pool.   







Barclays have recently launched a new Global Military Talent Pool. This exciting new tool will enable all members of the armed forces community to register their interest in working for Barclays. 

Whether you are a Service Leaver, Veteran, Reservist or a Military Spouse/Partner we want you to register! As we head into 2022, make sure you are registered in our Talent Pool and keep up to date with our planned events and the very latest opportunities.

Click here and remain connected with the Barclays Military and Veteran Outreach team.




Cradle to Cyber Pathway



Aimed at candidates who have no previous professional I.T experience, the Cradle to Cyber pathway is a five-step process that blends training and employment, to take people from new to the industry, to suitable for junior cyber security roles in an 18 month – 2 year period. The steps are as follows:

Stage 1 – FastTrack Training – A one week, hands on training course that takes place at our facility in Crewe, Cheshire. This is a free course that teaches the fundamentals of I.T engineering including basic, hardware maintenance, logical fault finding and networking. Once placed into work upon completion of the course, up to £180 of accommodation costs incurred can be reimbursed.

Stage 2 – Temporary Employment – Project Work, working a variety of I.T support positions to gain fundamental industry experience & access to Fortinet Certified Fundamentals. This employment will be ongoing through stages 3&4 also.

Stage 3 – Cyber Foundation training begins after a period of 6-12 months, and includes CompTIA Network+, Security+ and Fortinet’s Certified Associate training course. There is a cost attached to this portion of the training, but the training partner used is ELCAS approved. For those without credits, personalized payment plans can be arranged with our finance team. This training is remote and designed to be flexible to sit alongside work commitments.

Stage 4 – Specialised Training: With foundational skills and experience now in place, it is time to identify an area of specialisation the candidate would like to focus on. The roles that we support from here are:

  1.                 SOC Analyst
  2.                 Compliance Analyst / IT Auditor
  3.                 Network Security Engineer
  4.                 Cloud Operations Analyst.

The training that you receive at this stage depends very much on the role that you have chosen to focus on but whatever your choice, is free of charge.

Stage 5 – Cyber Work Placement – With a CV full of relevant qualifications and a solid period of I.T support experience, we can now put the candidate forward for cyber vacancies with our employment partners.

A full digital brochure outlining the process can be accessed here.





Going Forward into Employment (GFiE) life chance recruitment scheme uses innovative approaches to recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds into the Civil Service.

We provide opportunities for people who face possible barriers to gaining employment within the Civil Service including Service Leavers/Veterans and Military Spouses, providing them with experience that can improve their life chances and help make the Civil Service more representative of the country it serves.

We will retain our commitment to working flexibly to overcome barriers. We want to develop our approach to make it easy for Civil Service departments to recruit life chance candidates, so that more opportunities are provided for people who may experience barriers to employment. This is an amazing opportunity to express your interest in any of the Civil Service vacancies that we offer!

The Civil Service operates nationally, and we are given vacancies to advertise within the Veteran, Service Leaver and Military Spouse/Partner community.

All that is needed to apply for any vacancy is:

  • A completed expression of interest form
  • An up to date CV

Please email GFIE@cabinetoffice.gov.uk to request a form.

We also keep a candidate bank whereby candidates can express an interest even if there are no current 'live' vacancies. Return us the expression of interest form alongside your CV and we will make contact if something becomes available in your location.

To be eligible for this scheme you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be within 5 years of leaving the Armed Forces. 
  • Be within 10 years if you have been medically discharged.
  • Be in your resettlement period and due to leave the Armed Forces within the next 6 months
  • Military Spouse/Partner: Your current partner must still be serving OR fall within either of the above categories.


Step into Health connects members of the Armed Forces community with NHS organisations. The NHS recognises the valuable skills and cultural values that the armed forces community develop, and how they are compatible with those required within NHS roles.

Step into Health is open to all service leavers, veterans, reservists, cadet force adult volunteers and immediate family members (partners and children). The programme aims to reduce barriers to employment for members of the Armed Forces community and to provide a variety of pre-employment initiatives. There are 350 roles within the NHS so whether you are interested in catering, maintenance, administration, finance, communications, management, or a role in one of the clinical services, the programme supports your transition. 

To explore career opportunities within the NHS, create a profile on the Step into Health portal and share your skills, experience, location preferences and desired work areas. Pledged NHS organisations will then connect with you, providing details on available opportunities and support they can offer which may include insight days, work placements, application guidance, and guaranteed interview schemes. For more information and guidance, visit the Step into Health website. 

If you are interested in being connected to pledged NHS organisations, create a profile on the Step into Health Candidate portal.  




Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a proud Veteran Aware Trust, not only in the care we provide to veterans, reservists, armed forces members and their families, but also the employment opportunities we can offer. As an advocate of the Armed Forces Covenant, we are committed to supporting those in the Armed Forces community, including families and spouses to gain meaningful employment within our services in a wide variety of roles. We support with:

  • Offering a guaranteed interview for any role you apply to where you meet the essential criteria.
  • Flexible working policy for all staff as well as offering an additional 3 days off per annum and 5 days unpaid leave for anyone who has a family member or spouse in the Armed Forces.
  • Occupational Health assessments, 6 free counselling sessions and well-being assessments.

For more information please visit our Armed Forces community page. 

There are lots of similarities between Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) and the Armed Forces which make us an employer of choice for the Armed Forces Community – in our case, improving the health and life chances of the thousands of patients our services and hospitals serve.

MFT are dedicated to developing wrap around support for skilled people from the Armed Forces Community to demonstrate that we’re the very best organisation to help you take your career on a new and exciting trajectory.

Here are some of the ways we are committed to doing this:

  • Advice on the application and selection process
  • Connect you with MFT Employees from the Armed Forces Community
  • Dedicated ‘Work Experience’ placements *where Covid restrictions allow
  • Quarterly Information sessions – delivered in partnership with the GM Health and Social Care Careers Hub and other GM NHS organisations.

Find out more from our Armed Forces Community page. 

Metro Bank understands and supports all elements of the armed forces community however it can.  We know that being married to a serving member of the armed forces places challenges and pressures on you that require extra support and flexibility when it comes to gainful employment.  To that end we will guarantee a one to one phone call with our internal recruitment team following any application for one of our available roles and we will support you through the whole process. 

Metro Bank is known for its strong values and company culture, which focuses on giving its customers the best experience. Since its launch in 2010, the challenger bank has recruited on the ethos of ‘hiring for attitude and training for skill’ – enabling passionate individuals to apply and have the opportunity to train and develop, including gaining professional banking qualifications.

Ready to start your career in banking? Check out our current vacancies here.





Care Academies

Taking part in one of our adult social care academies will help you to gain the skills and knowledge you need to apply with confidence for jobs with a local social care employer.

The academies are FREE to attend and offer a week’s training based on the nationally recognised Care Certificate. The following week there is an online session of introductions and interview opportunities with local social care employers that have current vacancies.

The dates and details of upcoming sessions are listed here. If you'd like to have an informal chat with someone about taking part in an academy, or starting to work in social care, then please call 01603 629211 and ask for Phil.

Earn As You Learn Scheme

The adult social care sector in Norfolk currently has a whole range of exciting and varied roles that it is keen to fill. These jobs will help to support some of the most vulnerable people in society. As well as giving you some extra income, working in adult social care can provide you with an interesting and rewarding experience that looks great on your CV, as well giving you an understanding of what it means to work in care.

If you sign up to our ‘earn as you learn' scheme we will do our best to match you with the right type of job opportunity. This scheme is, of course, particularly suitable for Health & Social Care students, but is open to all students who are interested in part-time work in adult social care in Norfolk.

Find out more & complete an interest form here



PA is a strong advocate of the Armed Forces Covenant and continues to promote and demonstrate commitment to Defence and the service community. We understand the unique employment challenges that are faced by a Service Leaver, Veteran, Reservist or a Military Spouse/Partner and have a global Armed Forces network (MILNET) that provides support and mentorship. PA is a champion for supporting spouses/partners in helping them realise career ambitions at the same time balancing the responsibility of family. If you are interested in joining a first-class team or want to find out more then please call our recruitment team or apply through the Families Forces Jobs site for one of our available roles and we will support you through the whole process.

Check out our current vacancies here PA careers | PA Consulting.


Women Returners is a purpose-led Network, Coaching and Consulting organisation which enables talented professionals to return to work after an extended career break. Our mission is to remove the career break penalty. We offer supported routes back to work with organisations through returner programmes including returnships, supported hiring and retraining programmes. We provide consulting and training to organisations to help set returners up for success, and coaching to returners once they start in role to help them smoothly transition back. We also run a free-of-charge professional network and offer free resources to 8000 professional women. 

Find out more about our current employment programmes here