Find below the 2022 Partnering with Defence Conference list of exhibitors

The Army Families Federation (AFF) is the independent voice of Army families and works hard to improve the quality of life for Army families around the world – on any aspect that is affected by the Army lifestyle. It is independent of the Army, offers confidential advice and it will deal with your enquiry without revealing your identity.

Find out more here: www.aff.org.uk

Alternative Venues London (AVL) is the dedicated venue hire department within the Greater London RFCA. We are a non-profit organisation which generates additional funding by hiring out Military Venues in London. With 39 Reserve Forces and 75 cadet sites spread across London available for commercial venue hire, the money generated by AVL is put directly back into supporting Reservists and Cadets.

Our facilities are affordable and secure, with an amazing combination of outdoor and indoor spaces, perfect for Conferences, Meetings, Corporate Events, Exhibitions, Training, Team Building and Private Events.

If your business has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and has been recognised by the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), your company may be eligible for a discount when hiring spaces with AVL.

Find out more here: www.alternativevenues.co.uk

The Career Transition Partnership (CTP)

We are the MoD’s official provider of Armed Forces resettlement. Every year, over 14,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces. They are of widely different ages and have a range of qualifications and experience. We provide resettlement services to all leavers of the Armed Forces, and with almost 20 years’ experience in helping individuals make the transition from the military to civilian life, we’re well placed to connect you with the right candidates for your positions.  

Our organisation also works collaboratively with the RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity, so we’re in the unique position of knowing exactly what’s required in the world of work, as well as understanding the needs of our Service leaver candidates. Crucially, due to our partnership with the Ministry of Defence, we’re government funded which allows us to provide you with our recruitment service and the expertise we offer, completely free of charge.

Find out more here: https://www.ctp.org.uk/

Cobseo, the Confederation of Service Charities, provides a single point of contact for interaction with Government, including local government and the Devolved Administrations; with the Royal Household; with the Private Sector; and, of course, with other members of the Armed Forces Community. This allows Cobseo Members to interact with all interested parties and cooperate and collaborate with others in order to provide the best possible level of support to beneficiaries. 

Find out more here: https://www.cobseo.org.uk/

Recent Tri-Service research conducted by Warwick Institute for Employment Research resulted in a key recommendation, the need to create a central portal for employment and training opportunities for military spouses and family members.   

We know that being a military family member often means moving with your service person, gaps in your CV and regularly changing jobs and/or career. We also know you have a wealth of knowledge, skills, expertise and work ethic to share with employers! 

We have ensured that all employers who advertise on our site have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. You can find their profiles within the ‘Employers Directory’ section, where they explain their individual commitment to being forces family friendly.   

Find out more here: https://www.forcesfamiliesjobs.co.uk/

The Gold Awards Association was launched in 2016 by Gold Award winning employers to connect and energise the growing community of Armed Forces-friendly organisations across the UK. It is a network of Gold Award holders, with the aims of providing an independent, collective voice to Defence on people matters; to mentor and inspire other employers and to develop and share best practice.

These aims are achieved through a network of regional employer groups and national special interest groups, which are coordinated by volunteer employer representatives and closely linked with the Reserve Forces and Cadets Associations. The GAA’s aims and activities are overseen by a national Steering Group consisting of elected employer representatives and co-opted members from Defence.

The Naval Families Federation exists to give all currently serving Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and their families the opportunity to have their views heard by those in positions of power. It works to remove disadvantage that may result from Service life.

Find out more here: www.nff.org.uk

As a military charity, the Officers’ Association (OA) exists to help commissioned officers find employment when transitioning from military to civilian life and throughout their civilian careers. 

We make this happen by providing one-to-one career consultancy expertise, access to quality job vacancies and networking events that connect officers of all ranks and backgrounds with employers.

We champion the skills and qualities of the officer talent pool and provide evidence-based research in support of our work. We design recruitment pathways to enable employers to engage and source first-class ex-military hires across the UK. 

Last year we worked with over 5,000 officer job seekers as they moved into new civilian careers.

Find out more here: https://www.officersassociation.org.uk/

The RAF Families Federation provides all RAF personnel and their families – Regular and Reserve, single or married – with timely and professional support, assistance and an independent voice regarding issues or concerns that they may have.

Find out more here: www.raf-ff.org.uk

The Royal Air Force Reserves consists of over 2600 committed individual reservists, who give up their spare time to train and serve alongside the Regular Royal Air Force. They receive the same world class training and develop the same skills as their regular counterparts, which means they can carry out their roles to the same exacting high standards. Training takes place throughout the year, much of which can directly benefit the employer when they return to their civilian jobs.

With 30 squadrons and units located throughout the UK and offering over 40 challenging and exciting roles, the Royal Air Force Reserves make up a significant element of the nation’s defence capacity and are called upon as individuals for their specialist skills or as ready formed units when required. Royal Air Force Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide as well as making a vital contribution to the pandemic response here in the UK.

Find out more here: https://www.raf.mod.uk/recruitment/reserves

RFEA 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.

Founded in 1885 and operating across the UK, we have the specialist knowledge and understanding to bridge the gap between military life and civilian employment. We work in partnership with other organisations and employers who, like us, respect and value the unique qualities and abilities of all those who have served.

Find out more here: https://www.rfea.org.uk/