Prime Minister recognises military spouses organisation
The Award recognises the success of the organisation, run by volunteers, in helping thousands of partners, wives and husbands to find rewarding careers and helping businesses to recruit from the 100,000 talented military spouses across the UK.
Recruit for Spouses was founded by Heledd Kendrick in 2009, a former journalist who married a soldier, and saw the potential for business and the military community in the huge numbers of wives and partners who were skilled but finding it hard to find work.
It aims to bridge the military and business communities, with thousands of military spouses registering for free on the company website Recruit for Spouses and dozens of businesses being awarded the UK’s Military Spouses Business & Employment Charter which was launched a year ago this week.
Kendrick stated, “Once businesses realise the undiscovered talent that is available to them they are incredibly supportive - it's not about special treatment but that those attached to the military through their partners are employed on their merits and skills. I know that the 100,000 military partners in the UK are able to give absolute dedication, professional conviction and quality professional output.
“We are delighted to win the Big Society award as not only is it recognition for being a social enterprise but also the hard work that goes on behind the scenes of our team who work tirelessly to create this change in perception. Thousands of spouses are coming to us because the normal recruitment channels are failing them and employers are finally understanding the benefits of tapping into the talent pool of the military community.”
Emma Cheedy is one the thousands who have benefited from support in finding employment. Thanks to Recruit for Spouses, Emma now works as a support co-ordinator for children from service families in five local primary schools in High Wycombe. She explains, “You can’t just put your life on hold because your husband’s gone to Afghanistan for six months. I hold the honour of being the first RAF wife to gain employment through Recruit for Spouses. A job came up I thought I could do, so I contacted them and then had a panic attack as I hadn’t had a proper job in ten years. They were really helpful and really supportive and without their encouragement I wouldn’t have got the job.”
Speaking as he announced the Big Society Award last Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron said, “The families of our armed forces make extraordinary sacrifices everyday as they support husbands, wives and partners through deployment after deployment. The government is doing more to support these families. It’s inspirational to see Heledd do so much to help thousands of military spouses start or maintain fulfilling careers. This work shines a light on the huge range of talent and skills that can sometimes be over-looked amongst military spouses. I’m delighted to be recognising their achievements with this Big Society Award.”
Military spouses who are interested in finding out more, can register for free at http://www.recruitforspouses.co.uk to receive help writing CVs and preparing for interviews as well as information on current vacancies.
Business interested in working with Recruit for Spouses and receiving the Military Spouses Business & Employment Charter should email to firstname.lastname@example.org