NPS Group and NorseCare have cemented their commitment to supporting those leaving the armed forces into new careers by signing the Ministry of Defence Armed Forces Covenant.
The signing of the Covenant on Friday November 24 means the entire Norse Group – which employs about 10,000 staff up and down the country – has pledged to help armed forces personnel make a successful transition into civilian employment. Norse Commercial Services signed its covenant last year.
Mike Britch, Managing Director of NPS Group met with Lieutenant Colonel Matt Woodeson, Major Gavin Rushmere and Regional Employer Engagement Director Kristina Carrington for the Ministry of Defence to co-sign the covenant with NorseCare Managing Director Karen Knight in a ceremony held in Norwich.
Under the covenant, NPS Group and NorseCare have committed to:
- Promoting that they are armed forces friendly organisations
- Supporting the employment of veterans young and old and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service leavers
- Striving to support the employment of Service spouses and partners
- Endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment
- Supporting employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible
- Offering support to local cadet units either in our local community or in local schools Supporting Armed Forces Day.
Mike Britch, Managing Director of Norse Group and NPS Group, said:
We recognise that people coming from the armed forces have fantastic skills and values which are not only transferable but are critical to our business. The Armed Forces Covenant formalises our commitment to ensure people leaving the armed forces gain the support they and their families require.
Karen Knight, Managing Director of NorseCare, said:
The levels of training provided by the military are incredibly high. The same qualities of leadership, determination to get things done and the ability to think quickly and calmly all equally applicable in a business environment as well as a military one. I’m delighted to be able to formally place on record that we are an armed forces-friendly employer.
James Pratt, Director at NPS Group, said:
As ex-forces myself, I am passionate about supporting those armed forces personnel making the transition to civilian employment and I am pleased to champion this initiative within the Group.
Major Gavin Rushmere, pictured standing, added:
7 Brigade and Headquarters East are delighted to welcome NPS and NorseCare to the Armed Forces Covenant and look forward to developing a mutually understanding relationship over the coming years.
To date, nearly 2,000 businesses and organisations across the UK have already signed, making a real difference to those who have and continue to serve, as well as their families.
As part of this commitment, we will work with the Career Transition Partnership and other recruiting groups such as the Officers’ Association. If you are a Veteran, Reservist or Armed Forces Partner/Spouse and are interested in a role with us then please visit: https://www.nps.co.uk/opportunities/vacancies/ for property consultancy related roles and http://norsecarecareers.co.uk/ for care opportunities.