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August 25th 2015

National charity signs Armed Forces Corporate Covenant

A national charity has shown its support to servicemen and women by signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

SkillForce, who organise a range of programmes for primary and secondary school pupils, and Post 16 education students in more than 200 schools in England, Scotland and Wales, currently employ one Reservist in Nottinghamshire as well as Armed Forces service leavers and a number of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

Signing the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant has confirmed that SkillForce recognises the value that serving military personnel, veterans and military families can contribute to their business as well as to the country as a whole.

SkillForce, based in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, uses the experience of former military personnel who have served their country, now to serve their community by inspiring and motivating young people to succeed.

Chief Executive of SkillForce Ben Slade said: “Our work not only transforms the lives of young people, it also has a profound impact on our former military personnel who have left the armed forces and now channel their skills into inspiring school children to succeed.”

Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers) Campaign Director, John Wilson, said: “We are delighted that SkillForce has signed the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant as it sets out the relationship between the business community and the Armed Forces.  The charity positively recruits former service personnel, recognising the skills and values they can share with disenfranchised young people and providing support for career transition into employment.

“The aim of businesses signing the corporate covenant pledge is that those who serve or have served, and their families, will not face disadvantage in their access to services or jobs. It ensures that, where appropriate, injured servicemen and women and bereaved families receive special consideration.”

Ben Slade, SkillForce’s Chief Executive, signed the covenant at the Ministry of Defence in London, on 15 July 2015, in the presence of the Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier MP.

“Our work not only transforms the lives of young people, it also has a profound impact on our former military personnel who have left the armed forces and now channel their skills into inspiring school children to succeed.”