Anglian Water renews support for the Armed Forces Covenant
25 September 2019
Anglian Water is today renewing its pledge to support the engagement, attraction and recruitment of ex-military personnel into the water sector.
Facilitated through the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, the water company is one of 24 UK employers who will sign individual Armed Forces Covenants pledging to work in partnership with the Ministry of Defence, (MOD), Defence Relationship Management (DRM) and the Department for Work and Pensions, (DWP), to attract and retain more ex-military employees into the industry.
Last month, Anglian was recognised for its outstanding support for the Armed Forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.
As one of the biggest employers in the East of England, Anglian Water have a long-standing relationship with the military community. Employing over 150 veterans, more than 20 Reservists and an array of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers as well as military spouses and partners.
Peter Simpson, Chief Executive for Anglian Water said: “We have several large military bases across our region, so I feel we have a real responsibility to do all we can to support our Service personnel.
“We first signed our Armed Forces Covenant in 2015, and every year we continue to renew that commitment, and show ex-service men and women have an important role to play in the region’s workplaces and the wider utility sector.
“As a businessman, I also want the very best people working for me – and often the skills our soldiers, sailors and airmen have are vital when it comes to the great engineering challenge of maintaining and improving Anglian Water’s vast network of pipes, sewers, pumping stations and treatment works.”
Anglian Water lead by example having actively encouraged other companies to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and created a Defence community within their workforce via internal publications, intranet and social media groups.