In January this year, we announced our intention to combine the Officers’ Association (OA) employment services with those of RFEA – The Forces Employment Charity (RFEA) to create a new, single charity with a dedicated focus on employment beyond the services for the Armed Forces community.
I am delighted to confirm that with the support of our partners across the sector and the commitment of our Trustees, the Forces Employment Charity was established in May 2022 to provide exceptional career support to all Service leavers, veterans, reservists, and their families throughout the UK, irrespective of their circumstances, rank, length of service, or reasons for leaving the Armed Forces.
The move to combine employment services into one charity received widespread endorsement from across the military, industry, public and government sectors. Our ambition is to enable individuals to secure employment and progress to roles at every level to ensure they achieve their potential beyond military service.
Our existing programmes continue to deliver across the nations and regions of the UK, including our work with the Career Transition Partnership, delivered at the end of military service, and our Ex-Forces Programme to support veterans into employment through life. We also continue our specialist programmes, including our programme to support veterans with complex needs who are furthest from employment; Project Nova, supporting veterans in the Criminal Justice System, TechVets, and the Families and Military Women Programmes.
We are enhancing these programmes with the addition of the Executive Employment team to support the Armed Forces community at every level of employment.
The Forces Employment Charity brings together two organisations with long and rich histories. RFEA will remain as the legal entity going forward with our new name launched in September this year.