AGI pledges commitment to support Armed Forces Community17th June 2020
AGI is pleased to have become one of the latest employers in the Southwest to be acknowledged by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for demonstrating its commitment to being a forces friendly employer.
The three tiered government scheme encourages businesses to advocate their support for the Defence community. In order to receive its recent Bronze Level award, AGI has signed the Armed Forces Covenant which sets out the relationship between the nation, the government and the Armed Forces. It recognises that the whole nation has a moral obligation to members of the Armed Forces and their families, and it establishes how they should expect to be treated.
In signing the Covenant AGI have made several pledges including supporting the employment of veterans and service spouses/partners as well as accommodating the commitments of employees who are Reservists. AGI will advertise future roles on Ministry of Defence portal, the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and in the wider Naval community, the charity White Ensign Association’s portal.
David Hyde, AGI Managing Director said: “we already have a number of staff that are veterans so it was a natural step for us to sign the Covenant and strengthen activities already taking place. We encourage future candidates to apply through these nationally recognized recruitment portals. Access to a large pool of skilled and experienced talent is a great win for an engineering company like ours operating in the defence industry. We also like to support our local community and this builds on AGI’s corporate social responsibility”.
Senior Project Manager, Neil Lewis who has been with AGI for just under a year said: “I was in the British Army for nearly 24 years completing my service as a Warrant Officer Class one. I have been able to transfer the skills I gained during my military career into my new role. It’s great to have a supportive employer like AGI and the camaraderie working alongside other veterans is a positive in my book”.