Signing of the Corporate Covenant

Ex-Service men and women have an important role to play in the region’s workplaces - that was the message from Anglian Water Chief Executive Peter Simpson today as he signed a pledge to welcome former military personnel and reservists into the company’s workforce.

Mr Simpson was joined at the company’s headquarters by Deputy Brigade Commander, Colonel Stuart Williams to sign the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

“I spent an inspirational day at the Invictus Games last year where I had the honour of meeting Prince Harry and Prince William,” said Mr Simpson. “They 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 and there are also several military bases on our patch, so I feel we have a real responsibility to do all we can to support our Service personnel.

“These are people who have put their lives on the line for their country and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. But 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.”

Mr Simpson has now written to Anglian Water’s key business partners in the region to urge them to sign up to a Corporate Covenant as well.

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 will be attending the CTP’s employment fairs throughout the region in 2015.

David Duffy, Managing Director, Career Transition Partnership (CTP): “We are delighted that Anglian Water has recognised the talent, transferrable skills and versatility of Service leavers. The successful placements to date, as a result of using the CTP’s no-cost recruitment solution, reflect that the skills gained in the military, along with personal qualities Service leavers have in abundance make them a natural fit for these roles.”

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.

As well as helping ex-Service people forge new careers in the water industry, Anglian Water has also received a Silver Award from the MoD for supporting reservists.