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September 5th 2016

Supporting Armed Forces personnel in Derbyshire

Nine employers in Derbyshire have now pledged their support to Defence personnel by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Organisations across the UK are being encouraged to show support for our Armed Forces through the Armed Forces Covenant, a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

The companies from both the charity and private-sector, have pledged to ensure that their employees who are Armed Forces Reserves, Forces veterans or military spouses are supported and treated fairly in the workplace.

Lucy Robinson, Director of Resource at East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire), signed the covenant for the Chamber earlier this year.  She said: “We currently employ just the one reservist, which seems quite low when you consider that we have over 160 people on our books, but we would happily employ more.

“Many of the skills they learn on ‘active duty’ such as leadership and discipline, readily transfer to the workplace, which means there are benefits to be gained from allowing workers to take part.

“Sometimes office needs and ‘active duty’ clash but it’s rare and if it happens we just find a way to work round it. To be honest, if we employed a reservist at each of our main offices, in Chesterfield, Derby, Nottingham and Leicester, we’d be able to accommodate their out-of-office activities. We would actively encourage more employers to take on reservists.”

Warwick IC Systems Limited, based in Horsley Woodhouse, also pledged to support the Armed Forces Community earlier this year. Currently employing one reservist, Bob Betts the company’s Operations Director said: “At Warwick International we believe professionalism is key to winning business and maintaining client relationships. Our National Sales Manager is a reservist and he demonstrates the competencies and utter professionalism we need, working smart, hard and calm under pressure. We are always keen to receive opportunities to recruit from this background. It’s a ‘win-win’ to know we are also supporting the country and our defence staff and families.”

Each of the companies who have signed the Covenant have declared their support for Defence Personnel publically and their names are included in an official online list of supportive employers.

John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, said: “Defence is working with businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations to support the Armed Forces community through services, company policies and projects.

“I am delighted that a number of organisations in Derbyshire have pledged their support publically, and encourage others to learn more about the many benefits employing reservists or former service personnel could bring to their business; such as enhanced leadership, management and team working capabilities.”

"Many of the skills they learn on ‘active duty’ such as leadership and discipline, readily transfer to the workplace, which means there are benefits to be gained from allowing workers to take part."