Update: Boeing gets gold for its support to the Armed Forces
August 4, 2016
Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, has awarded Boeing Defence UK a gold award in the 2016 Employer Recognition Scheme. This scheme recognises employers who are supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Mr Fallon said: “Every year the level of support from companies across Britain for the armed forces continues to grow. This commitment is making a real difference to everyone who serves and their families – whether giving Reservists more time to train or supporting veterans or spouses, they embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about”.
To qualify for a Gold Award, employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates, encouraging others to do likewise.
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Boeing Defence UK signs the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant
February 5, 2015
On Wednesday 5 February 2015, David Pitchforth, vice president and managing director, Boeing Defence UK (BDUK) and the UK Reserve Forces Minister, Julian Brazier, came together in the Ministry of Defence (MoD) Head Office in Whitehall, London to co-sign the UK Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.
An extension of the UK Military Covenant under which the state pledges a duty of care towards its military personnel, the Corporate Covenant demonstrates BDUK’s commitment and support for helping to improve the lives of UK armed forces personnel, their families and veterans who are working for them or using their services.
“Our Armed Forces community deserve the best possible support; and it is excellent to see that one of the UK’s largest Defence companies signing up to the Armed Force Covenant, in recognition of the tremendous contribution they make to society,” commented Minister Julian Brazier. “Service men and women have a wealth of skills and leadership qualities, and by backing and encouraging our personnel and their families, Boeing will undoubtedly see the huge benefits they can bring to the company.”
In making this pledge BDUK commits to:
- provide sustainable job opportunities for reservists, veterans and service spouses
- accommodate special leave for volunteer reserve forces – up to 10 days leave per year to complete training and deployment activities
- actively support Armed Forces Day
- support the local cadet units
“A large proportion of Boeing’s global workforce come from military backgrounds and many of them are active reservists. In the UK, we proactively recruit through the Officers Association and the Career Transition Partnership because we fully recognise the real value and wealth of transferable skills and experience that the military brings,” explains Pitchforth. “The signature of this covenant is not only testimony to our commitment to our employees but it also reinforces our commitment to our customers and the UK Armed Forces as a whole.”