Three organisations have recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can.
HRFCA’s Regional Employment Engagement Director (REED) Roy McLellan attended a signing on 24 June – marking the start the of Armed Forces Week – at Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce. Partners in the ChamberFORCE initiative, the Chamber has been encouraging members to work more closely with the Armed Forces Community.
As a result of that work, Glenhead Engineering signed the Covenant with Operations Manager Sharon Colvan putting pen to paper. The document was co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD) by Lieutenant Commander RN Garth Atkinson, representing Naval Regional Command Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Previous signings took place on the morning of the 21st, the first at Dales Marine Services Ltd and the second at NHS Grampian, both based in Aberdeen.
Michael Milne, Managing Director of Dales Marine Services Ltd, signed the document alongside Lieutenant Colonel Geraint Davies, who co-signed on behalf of the MOD. Lt Col Davies is the Commanding Officer of Aberdeen UOTC.
The NHS Grampian Covenant was signed by Chief Executive Professor Amanda Croft and co-signed by Major Graham Wilson, Officer Commanding of D company UOTC Aberdeen.
All three companies’ commitment to honouring the Covenant includes pledges to:
- Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
- Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
- Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners.
Roy McLellan said: “I am delighted to have three companies formally pledge their support to the Armed Forces Community and it’s great to have a signing take place at the beginning of Armed Forces Week. By signing the Covenant, Dales Marine Services, NHS Grampian and Glenhead Engineering join a vast amount of organisations in providing employment opportunities for our servicemen, regular, retired and reserve, in the Highland area.”
To find out more about the organisations involved head to their websites: