At the end of 2017 AWL signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) to officially declare the company’s wholehearted and enthusiastic support for the Armed Forces community and any member of staff who is, or is considering becoming, a Reservist. Becoming a signatory has helped AWL focus its policies and working environment to take into account the unique demands placed upon service personnel and their families.
AWL is fully conversant with the skills, capabilities and ethos that ex-Military can bring to the company but is also cognizant that transition to civilian life can be both exciting and challenging. We are fully engaged with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to employ suitable service leavers wherever possible and have support structures in place to assign appropriate mentors to new employees to ease their integration into the company. The mentor scheme also helps ensure that our new joiners’ true potential is met and training is provided wherever possible.
We have comprehensive policies in place to support Reservist employees during times of mobilisation; through pre-deployment preparation, deployment and re-introduction back into the company on demobilisation. Our Reservists and Veterans have also built up a positive internal network to support any ‘non veterans’ who are considering joining the Reserves and, as a company, we ensure that information is readily available to aid in the decision making process.
It is also important to AWL to support the Armed Forces outside of company employment. We nominate an Armed Forces Charity every year, with the company matching the money raised by employees’ individual fundraising efforts. We are also a longstanding supporter of SSAFA, the armed forces charity, attending and sponsoring many events to help raise funds for the amazing work they do.
“We, as a company, are delighted to be recognized for our commitment to our Armed Forces”, exclaimed Steve Rigsby, MD of Allan Webb Ltd, “our Veterans, Reservists and spouses of military personnel are such an integral part of the Allan Webb Ltd family. We will continue to do our bit to support all of them and have a great platform to do so through the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme”.
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) is primarily designed to recognise and encourage private sector employers who support defence and inspire others to do the same. Awards are tiered Bronze, Silver and Gold and are presented to organisations that pledge, demonstrate and advocate support to defence and the armed forces community and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.
In order to be awarded the Silver Award, participating organisations are required to: