LinkedIn announced that it is teaming up with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program to provide one free year of LinkedIn Premium to military spouses when their families move to new installations.
Daniel Savage, head of military and veterans programs at the professional network, said in a blog post that military spouses are four times more likely to be unemployed than their civilian counterparts due to the challenges presented by frequent moves and deployments.
He added that there are currently more than 650,000 military spouses of active-duty service members, and the average military family moves to a new installation every two to three years, leaving some 220,000 military spouses economically displaced every year.
The initiative will kick off next month, and military spouses’ LinkedIn Premium memberships will include access to the professional network’s online library of more than 12,000 LinkedIn Learning courses, including a new learning path specifically designed to help military spouses succeed in flexible, freelance or remote work opportunities.
Savage added that LinkedIn will help foster this community through the DoD’s LinkedIn Group for military spouses, as well as by directing employers to this potential talent source.
He wrote, “In order to help set them up for success, reskilling and retraining are key, as well as identifying remote and flexible work options … These military spouses have soft skills that make them valuable to potential employers: They are resilient, resourceful, adaptable and enterprising—not to mention adept at navigating uncertainty.”