Virgin red creates jobs for military spouse

 

TAPPING INTO THE 50,000+ STRONG NETWORK OF MILITARY SPOUSES 

How the second lockdown could positively impact our military spouses

 

With remote working becoming the new normal, employers across the country are opening their eyes to a little-known, previously overlooked workforce: the wives, husbands and partners of serving military personnel.

Social enterprise, Recruit for Spouses, which is dedicated to bringing talent to the workplace through free training, coaching, mentorship and job opportunities, is now calling for businesses of all sizes, to offer remote, agile opportunities in the long-term and incorporate these into their company culture to effect real industry wide change – not just to get through lockdown. 

Recruit for Spouses (RFS) has seen a 162% increase in military spouses registering interest in RFS’ services since March 2020 in the hope of finding full and part-time employment. Three in four of the spouses that Recruit for Spouses work with, have been unable to find work for more than five years, despite often having celebrated, successful careers before marrying into the military.

Heledd Kendrick, CEO of Recruit for Spouses, says: “We understand the talent that exists within the community of military spouses, and we also understand the requirements of businesses in their pursuit of hiring the best. Military spouses can provide skills, experience, value and diversity that businesses should consider – a CV belies their true skill set and RFS is dedicated to bridging the gap between the military spouse community and progressive employers.”

One employer which has recognised this under-utilised talent pool is Virgin Red, the soon to launch rewards club from the Virgin family, which has been working with Recruit for Spouses since the beginning of 2020.  Since then, Virgin Red has filled various roles in the company from copy-writing to customer service and will be actively recruiting through Recruit for Spouses as the rewards club grows over the coming months.

One of these employees is Hannah Barnard, 32 and mum of four, now working fully flexibly at Virgin Red as a “Rewards Genie”.  She says: “Until you get married to someone in the Armed Forces it’s really hard to imagine how it will affect you.  Before I married my husband, I had a great role with a bank and naively thought I could retain my career.  Then doors kept being slammed in my face.  I was lucky if I got an interview.  After hundreds of applications, this new role through Recruit for Spouses has been life-changing for me – the Virgin Red team has opened doors for me – utilising all those skills you develop as a military spouse.”

Kelly Best, Chief Marketing Officer at Virgin Red, says: “The Virgin Red Recruit for Spouses team – known as the Reward Genies – are firing on all cylinders and delivering an exceptional service as we prepare to launch our new rewards club.  Throughout our build-phase, we are thrilled that Virgin Red was in the position to support Recruit for Spouses and find challenging, interesting and fully flexible work for these incredibly talented people.” 

Heledd Kendrick, adds: “Despite the difficult jobs climate, we have continued to support hundreds of military spouses into employment and urge other companies to throw out their preconceptions and benefit from the skills and experience of these incredible people.”

 

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For further information:

 

Jodie Burton, PR and Communications Manager, Virgin Red

07808 260774

jodie.burton@red.virgin.com

 

Charlotte Sjoberg, Corporate Affairs Director, Virgin Red

07933 393665

charlotte.sjoberg@red.virgin.com

Cerise Upham, Recruit for Spouses

c.upham@recruitforspouses.co.uk

 

 

Virgin Red

 

Virgin Red, due to launch in 2020, will be Virgin’s new rewards club. It will be the red thread connecting the Virgin family where members can earn on the everyday to save for the extraordinary. Virgin Red will also make it easy to support local communities, charities and the environment.

 

Virgin Red will celebrate its members for living a life more Virgin – giving them exclusive access to rewards from the Virgin family and beyond. Virgin Red will make it really easy for members to earn and spend Virgin Points – Virgin’s universal currency which never expires. 


Happy spouses

Recruit for Spouses found us someone who was far and above the expectations we had hoped for and would always recommend, and recruit from them in future.

5

Mark Moseley, Director PestGone Environmental

I was able to secure a permanent position due to the experience I gained through the Liquid Workforce and I am very grateful I was allowed to be part of it.

5

Melanie de Klerk

‘I was very impressed with the quality and depth of talent that RFS can provide to employers across many types of role. I have no doubt (they) will be a huge asset to any employer working in digital marketing, social media marketing and associated roles’.

5

Andy Mihalop, Head of Channel Partner Marketing EMEA - Facebook

They helped me free up important time to work on my business by finding me a fantastic, dedicated, kind and communicative administrative assistant.

5

Emily Foster

RFS was...a platform for spouses who understood my struggles and my challenges. It felt like I came to them in pieces, deflated and very defeated and they (RFS) pieced me back together.

5

Rusila Halofaki

RFS are offering an amazing, unique opportunity in the Liquid Workforce within the recruitment world...so many doors can be opened.

5

Kate Legg

Don't give up, amazing and flexible companies do exist and RFS are 100% the best people to help you find them.

5

Amie Hills Grey

RFS was and is the only platform that exists that really understands the struggles and plight of every Armed Forces spouse.

5

Rusila Halofaki

The competency amongst the military spouse community is unbelievably good and the fact all our candidates were happy with remote working made this ideal for us as a small business.

5

Michael Coates, COMBAT pest control

I found the course to be an excellent refresher of the skills I used in my previous roles, and also a confidence booster to me, proving that I can do it again

5

Melody Davies, Liquid Workforce

Helpful? It has been so much more. It has given me confidence and self-belief as well as motivation and inspiration.

5

B. Barber, Military Spouse

This experience has been more than helpful. It has been, in many ways, life changing.

5

B. Barber, Military Spouse