Menu Donate Request our help

Skip to navigation

Unemployment and retraining

Finding a job can be one of the hardest parts of leaving the RAF. If you feel that you need additional training or education to boost your skills and improve your chances of getting a job, there are various support services available to help you.

Unemployment and retraining

In some cases we can provide help to assist those who have found themselves unemployed and in need of financial assistance to cover the cost of training courses.

You might also find the following agencies useful in helping you to find the most sustainable career opportunities.

Discharge/transition

Career Transition Partnership

If you are in the process of leaving the UK Armed Forces or you are within two years of your discharge date, the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) can offer additional training and skill development. Depending on the length of your service, the CTP provides training courses and workshops to help with your resettlement into civilian life.

Future Horizons Programme

Designed to help Early Service Leavers (ESL) find and sustain employment on leaving the Armed Forces, the Future Horizons Programme is based on a needs assessment and offers access to training, personal development and educational courses to overcome barriers to work.

Post-Service

The Regular Forces Employment Association (RFEA) helps those leaving the Armed Forces find and remain in employment. With employment consultants nationwide, the RFEA can give you the appropriate advice and guidance to secure employment in your area. This will include help with your CV and interview techniques. To register your details and get assistance, visit the RFEA website.

Civvy Street provides free and impartial advice on employment, skills and training. Careers Advisors will help you decide upon a career path that is right for you and should you require funding can help you find it. The Civvy Street website also has thousands of jobs for Service leavers from employers who actively recruit ex-Service personnel.

Additionally, you can receive help and support from Jobcentre Plus. Jobcentre Plus has access to a wide range of job vacancies, as well as special training and work programmes.

You may also be eligible to claim Jobseeker's Allowance or Universal Credit payments and other benefits to support you while you look for work. We can provide advice to help you with this.

Specialist help for veterans with a disability

  • LifeWorks is a five-day course run by Royal British Legion Industries. It aims to equip ex-Armed Forces personnel with the tools to get into and maintain a civilian job that is appropriate for them. It is available to anyone who has been in the Armed Forces, regardless of when and how long they served for.
  • As well as providing work for veterans at the Poppy Factory in Richmond, The Poppy Factory  helps find work for wounded, injured and sick ex-Service personnel with employers in their own community. The Poppy Factory will match you up with an employment caseworker to provide one-to-one support to create a career development plan as well as 12 months of in-work support, should you require it.

Need our help?

Enquire about receiving help or call our free support line on 0800 169 2942.

0800 169 2942

Sign up to receive the RAFBF e-newsletter