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Real responsibility to support Service personnel

Signing of the Corporate Covernant

Ex-Service men and women have an important role to play in the region’s workplaces. 

The skills our soldiers, sailors and airmen have are vital when it comes to the great engineering challenge of maintaining and improving the vast network of pipes, sewers, pumping stations and treatment works and that’s why Anglian Water Chief Executive Peter Simpson signed a pledge back in March 2015 to welcome former military personnel and reservists into the company’s workforce.

The commitment and signing of the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant came after an inspirational day at the Invictus Games where Prince Harry and Prince William spoke about the challenge for some ex-Service men and women entering the world of work.

Anglian Water is one of the biggest employers in the east of England. There are also several military bases on our patch and the company feels it has a real responsibility to do all we can to support our Service personnel. 

Case study - Rick Woodroffe

Making the transition from the forces to civilian life proved to be a positive one for Anglian Water technician Rick Woodroffe.

“I wanted a job where I felt I was working on something that really mattered,” he says, “and there’s nothing more important than the water we all rely on, day in, day out.

“Every day I get great satisfaction from my job, fixing problems and really helping people. I’ve been able to transfer a lot of the skills I developed during my military service, and that gives me confidence that I made the right decision when I took this job on.

“I’m not fully qualified yet, and there’s a long road ahead of me, but this has really given me a step in the right direction.” 

In the past year alone, more than 40 former Service men and women have joined Anglian Water in a variety of roles including customer service advisors, plant and network engineers, renewable energy managers, and tanker drivers. All jobs in the company are now advertised through the MoD’s Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and Anglian Water regularly attends the CTP’s employment fairs throughout the region.

As a part of its commitment under the Armed Forces Covenant, Anglian Water is working with the Recovery Career Services to help those who have been medically discharged from the armed forces to identify suitable roles in the business for disabled veterans. 


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