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BUSINESS


Athrivingcareers network now accessible to


military spouses


Project Fortis is awell-established and growing online careers network, set up four years ago to provide contacts, support and job opportunities for service leavers and veterans, to help them make a successful transition to rewarding civilian careers. Having proved this concept, Project Fortis has extended access for military spouses to the thriving community of Armed Forces supporters in industry – representing over 30 top UK employers across a wide range of sectors.


“Securing agreat job is getting trickier for everyone.”


Many organisations recognise the enormous pool of talent on offer by engaging military spouses. They also understand some of the challenges faced: returning to work after long periods of absence; finding


rewarding part-time employment; balancing work with family life.


Why Project Fortis? The team behind Project Fortis found agrowing number of people – both ex-Forces and civilians –want to give support to the Armed Forces community.There just weren’t many opportunities for individuals to make a difference in direct and practical ways other than through charitable causes and local initiatives.


Equally military spouses may lack contacts to help them navigate the local jobs market and apply their skills and experience if they have had to relocate frequently.


Richard Tyrie – Founder of Project Fortis says: “We wanted to make it easier to connect people that need advice with others that are keen to give it”.


He adds: “Our community makes it easier for military spouses to access to work placements and hidden job


opportunities. Employers now fill the majority of vacancies without advertising, with up to 70% of jobs being filled through informal networks. Knowing what jobs are coming up and getting ‘introduced’ to an organisation or hiring manager by an insider can often give you the edge.


With the advent of social and business network it’s not as simple as reading the local recruitment ads anymore – securing a great job is getting trickier for everyone. We felt that many military spouses were at a disadvantage, so we wanted to fix this by connecting them into the very ‘Forces friendly’ organisations we already work with – giving them more of a chance to showcase their skills and identify opportunities that fit with their life style and family commitments.


So what is Project Fortis and how does it work? At the heart of Project Fortis is the website: projectfortis.co.uk – the platform connects service leavers,


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Summer 2017


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