EMCOR UK have announced that they have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a pledge that those who serve and have served in the armed forces and their families will be treated fairly in society. EMCOR UK signed the Covenant on 20th June, the start of Armed Forces Week, when celebrations begin ahead of Armed Forces Day on 25th June.
One of the key principles of the Covenant is providing employment support to members of the Armed Forces community. As a national facilities management service provider with clients from numerous sectors including defence, EMCOR UK is well-positioned to provide a career path for those members, including ex-service personnel.
Signing the Covenant is an important step for EMCOR UK and its social value work. In particular, it ties in with the UN Global Goals 8, 10 and 17: Decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, and partnerships for the goals. For example, EMCOR UK will drive social mobility by supporting ex-service personnel who may struggle to transition to civilian life. It will also engage those transitioning that have a disability to deliver equal opportunities and tackle workforce inequality.
Keith Chanter, CEO at EMCOR UK, said: “We recognise the sacrifices that those in the Armed Forces make, and the difficulties they and their families can face when transitioning to civilian life. Signing the pledge is a commitment from EMCOR UK that we support veterans and wider members in gaining employment and will support them throughout their time with us.”
Dylan Wickenden, Executive Director, HR, at EMCOR UK, said: “We already have a number of colleagues who come from an Armed Forces background and have always been proud to support them and their families. Signing the Covenant solidifies our commitment and sends a clear message to those looking for work following their service that EMCOR UK is ready to help support and develop ex-service colleagues as they move into civilian roles.”
Simon Briggs, Wing Commander at the Royal Air Force, said: “Working in the facilities management sector is a popular choice for many who leave the Armed Forces as a lot of the skills learned during service are transferable to facilities management. Through signing the Covenant, EMCOR UK has greatly enhanced its standing with the Armed Forces community by formally pledging to support its offer of employment after service and now to the wider community, including reservists and spouses.”