Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has announced that 1,500 UK organisations have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
In a statement, released by the Ministry of Defence, the MoD revealed that building materials supplier Travis Perkins was the 1,500th signatory. The announcement was made during the third annual Partnering with Defence employer conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London yesterday. (14th March).
Speaking at the conference, Sir Michael, said: “By signing the Covenant, Travis Perkins joins firms across Britain committed to ensuring those who serve or have served our country are better supported. Reaching this milestone also shows growing recognition of the unique skills and experience that reservists and former service personnel offer their organisations.”
Amongst their commitments, Travis Perkins has pledged to provide Armed Forces personnel and veterans with a variety of work experience placements in their centres, branches, and stores across the country and are supporting members of the Royal Engineers in gaining NVQ qualifications for their construction skills. Travis Perkins currently employs nine reservists and other members of the Armed Forces community across the country.
Managing Director of SaluteMyJob, Andrew Jackson, who attended the Partnering with Defence employer conference, said: "It is hugely encouraging that 1500 companies have pledged their support to the Armed Forces, many of these specifically committing themselves to 'supporting the employment of veterans young and old'. We at SaluteMyJob are delighted to help these companies turn their pledges into action with structured, sustainable Armed Forces programmes and to access the ex-military talent pool."