A leading business organisation has pledged its support to help members of the Armed Forces community back into work.
The Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce made the formal pledge to the Armed Forces Covenant at the Ricoh Arena and received the Bronze Award for their support.
The pledge states that the Chamber will support veterans, reservists, and military families of all ages in helping them back into the workplace with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) providing a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers.
The Chamber is also promising to be actively involved in Armed Forced Day and will be offering a £25 discount to all army veterans who are looking to start their own business.
Representatives from the Chamber met army veterans during a Wasps match at the Ricoh Arena and signed the agreement pitch-side to confirm their commitment to supporting veterans looking for jobs.
Employers are able to nominate themselves for an award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and once the Armed Forces Covenant has been signed the nomination is considered by the board before being awarded.Matthew Hammersley, HR Advisor at CW Chamber, said: “We are incredibly proud to be supporting forces veterans by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, and to be able to provide our help for such an important campaign.
“We are also thrilled to have received the bronze award for our commitment to supporting veterans, their families and the wider forces community through our tailored employment pathway and also in helping them to start their own businesses.
“As an organisation it is incredibly important to us that we support those from the armed services who have given amazing service to the country and we look forward to supporting veterans in their future careers or businesses.”
For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant, contact the Employment Engagement team at West Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadet Association on 0121 274 2227 or e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.