Sarah Stone, an external relations adviser to David Cameron while he was Prime Minister and a former member of the Royal Signals , hopes the initiative will channel vital talent to local businesses and help bridge the skills gap.
Stone, whose husband still serves in the army, has joined forces with other working military wives to set up a pilot co-working space at the Leuchars army base in Fife. The project has been inspired by the Scottish Government’s ‘ Can Do Places ’ initiative. This aims to help regenerate urban and rural communities by turning redundant buildings into places for entrepreneurial activity.
“It’s currently virtually impossible to maintain a career and hold down a ‘normal’ 9-5 job if you’re married to someone in the military,” Stone explains. “There are thousands of highly-skilled, qualified military spouses and partners all over the country who want to work, but can’t.
“We thought if we could provide an office on a military base where spouses could work for themselves, it might also provide a conduit for employers and businesses to tap into the skills that are lying dormant in these communities.”