Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Monday, 15 January 2018

Update on Carillion: Defence services to continue uninterrupted

Update from Carillion following this morning's announcement:- Housing will continue to be serviced, catering facilities run, and buildings and offices cleaned, as well as other services the company is involved in providing.
There are extensive contingency plans for dealing with issues such as this to make sure that services to personnel and their families continue to be provided to a high standard. This remains a top priority for the department.
The facilities management contracts that provide catering, cleaning and maintenance services to Defence are all joint ventures involving partners in addition to Carillion. Contractually, these partners are required to continue to deliver services if one of the other partners fails. The department remains committed to these joint ventures, and has been working with relevant partners to ensure a smooth continuation of the provision of these services.
The MOD is confident in the robustness of these arrangements and the strength of the supporting suppliers.
Where Carillion is the sole provider of services, for example for construction projects, alternative arrangements are being put into place that will not affect Service personnel.
All Service personnel should continue to use pre-existing processes to report problems, including the use of the 24/7 helpdesk telephone numbers.”

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Jobs for military spouses: help AFF discover what more needs to be done

Can you help AFF to delve deeper into the reasons military spouses and partners choose to, or not to, work, and the associated challenges you face?
We are working with the Warwick Institute for Employment Research to discover how we compare to our civilian counterparts when it comes to accessing and remaining in employment. To help with our research, we are seeking military spouses or partners to take part in interviews and share their employment experiences.
Volunteer to help us with this important piece of work and receive a £15 Amazon voucher for taking part.
Click here to find out more.



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Step in Health Information Days 2018


Places can be booked via http://militarystepintohealth.nhs.uk 

JSHAO Housing Briefs 2018


Pathfinder International Magazine

The latest issue of Pathfinder International Magazine is now avaialble online.
Our first issue of 2018 is packed with resettlement news, informative features and practical advice on a range of topics incuding:
  • What did the last budget mean for your Forces pension
  • Understanding the ‘Why’ behind opting for a career change
  • Job opportunities in the UK nuclear industry
  • Why 2018 will see more workers saying no to relocation
  • Part 2 of our look at a new career in the energy and utilities sector
  • An insight into the hospitality sector
  • A look at franchising in 2018
  • Advice on how to get on the property ladder with Forces Right To Buy (before it’s too late)
  • Practical tips on how to land ace the interview to your dream job
There’s plenty more with our regular feature from the Officers’ Assocation and Left Right Left magazine,
You can read Pathfinder International while online or you can download it to your phone, tablet or desktop so it’s available to read offline. Download the 3D Issue app via the links below and you will automatically receive each new issue as soon as it is published.

Royal British Legion - Loneliness and Social Isolation Survey - Closes 19 January

The Royal British Legion is conducting research into loneliness and social isolation within the Armed Forces community.

The Legion wants to explore people’s awareness of loneliness and social isolation, how these issues are talked about and experienced within this community and ways in which we might be able to help.

If you have a connection to the Armed Forces, we would be very grateful if you would take approximately 10 minutes to complete this survey and share the link with any friends and family who also have a connection to the Armed Forces.

Please complete the survey:

There is a closing date of 19th January 2018 for the completion of the survey.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Armed Forces Covenant 2017


The 2017 Armed Forces Covenant Annual Report was laid before Parliament yesterday:
 
http://defenceintranet.diif.r.mil.uk/News/BySubject/ServicePersonnelmatters/Pages/Sixthannualreport.aspx

and https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-covenant-annual-report-2017


In parallel, O2 became the 2000th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/defence-secretary-and-o2-team-up-for-2000th-signing-of-armed-forces-covenant 


Also available are an Annual Report summary document:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/armed-forces-covenant-annual-report-summary-2017

and a Covenant on a Page infographic:



The MOD’s official Twitter account, @DefenceHQ carried some excellent tweets, including coverage of the O2 signing. 



Wednesday, 20 December 2017