Jaguar Land Rover among companies recognised for veteran commitment

A HOST of companies and individuals have been recognised in an awards ceremony celebrating veterans’ successful transition into civilian life and the businesses which support them.

The BSI Resettlement Awards celebrate the achievements of service leavers who have successfully made the transition into civilian life and acknowledges the organisations who supported them during their journey.

Jaguar Land Rover was named as the winner of the Officers’ Association Award for Excellence in Work Experience Programmes for Service Leavers.

Since 2013, the company has employed more than 750 ex-service personnel and remains committed to achieving an internal target of 1,000 Armed Forces recruits by 2020. Their commitments are overseen by an Armed Services Steering Committee which is chaired at a senior level in the business. As well as welcoming direct entry applications for roles within Jaguar Land Rover, the company also allow individuals to sample working in an area of the organisation before making a final commitment.

The FRS Award for the employer who has demonstrated most commitment to employing service leavers was presented to Linbrooke Services, a company established by ex-Royal Marine Lee Hallam.

Lee, who set up the company in 2002, said they believed and invested heavily in the training, resourcing and recruitment of ex-forces personnel.

“I joined the Royal Marines at 16 which taught me determination, loyalty and brotherhood and has got me to where I am today…being able to offer training and employment to ex-military personnel struggling to integrate back into civilian life is hugely important to me,2 he said.

“It has long been a dream of mine to give back to the services which benefitted me and served our country.”

The top individual award, the BSI Service Leaver of the Year award, was presented to Darren O’Neill. After leaving the Armed Forces, Darren rose from employment as a single Business Development Manager/Trainer to become a Training and Consultancy Director.

Other awards were:

  • The Nationwide Award for Outstanding Contribution to Resettling Military Families: Mike Thomas.
  • The UCLAN Award for Excellence Demonstrated in the Face of Adversity during the Resettlement Process: Danny Stranack.
  • The Baltic Publications Award for Excellence in Support of Service Leavers: Tony Wright.
  • The FDM Award for Best Academic Course Provider Catering for Service Leavers: Cardiff and Vale College.
  • The Award for Service Leaver Trainee of the Year: Jennifer Stone.
  • The McDonald’s Award for Service Leaver Franchisee of the Year: Andrew Davis, Right At Home.
  • The Pathfinder International Magazine Award for Service Leavers’ Training Company of the Year: Quanta Training.

More information about how to enter or nominate a company or individual for next year's awards is available at the BSI Awards website.