One of the country’s largest British builders’ merchants and home improvement retailers has become the 1500th organisation to sign the Armed Forces Covenant pledging to support their employees who are a part of the Armed Forces Community.
Travis Perkins PLC signed the Armed Forces Covenant on 10 March 2017 during a public signing event attended by Mark Lancaster TD MP, Minister for Defence Veterans, Reserves and Personnel, at the company’s Keyline branch, on Bleak Hall Industrial Estate, Chesney Wold, in Milton Keynes.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or have previously served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Travis Perkins is a large organisation, employing approximately 28,000 employees across the country, and have its headquarters in Northampton.
Within the covenant, Travis Perkins have pledged to:
- Offer work placement opportunities and work experience to service leavers and veterans in their branches, stores and range centres;
- Endeavour to accommodate the training requirements of employees in the Reserve Forces by offering an additional 10 days paid leave;
- Continue to support the employment of veterans and service leavers by hosting company open days to offer CV advice and interview skills training.
Travis Perkins currently employs nine reservists and other members of the Armed Forces Community across the country, with one based in their Northamptonshire headquarters and another one at their Loughborough office.
John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, said: “We are delighted that Travis Perkins have publically demonstrated their support for the Armed Forces through signing the covenant alongside Mark Lancaster MP.
“Members of the Reserve Forces undergo rigorous training, developing skills and attributes which, according to independent research, would cost over £8,000 a year to deliver. It is fantastic that Travis Perkins understand how an individual can transfer their knowledge and training acquired through their Reserve Forces training in to the workplace with skills including leadership, management, problem-solving abilities and increased personal confidence.”
John Carter, Travis Perkins Chief Executive Officer, speaking at Keyline, Milton Keynes, said: “We are delighted to not only be here to celebrate the group’s commitment and ongoing support of the Armed Forces in our signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, but incredibly proud and honoured to be recognised publically, along with our community of ex-forces and serving colleagues, as the 1500th organisation to do so.”
Mark Lancaster, TD, MP spent time on a tour of Keyline, Milton Keynes, and met with some Travis Perkins’ employees currently serving in the military as reservists.
Defence Minister Mark Lancaster said: “Businesses like Travis Perkins, that have signed the Armed Forces covenant, are helping to make sure the brave men and women that have served our country get the recognition they deserve and are benefitting from the skills, experience, professionalism and dedication our Armed Forces personnel bring.
“As a Royal Engineer Officer myself, it is particularly great to see Travis Perkins supporting my corps in gaining NVQ qualifications for construction skills.”