Dundee and Angus College has become the latest organisation to sign the UK Armed Forces Covenant.
In doing so the college has made a commitment to support the country’s servicemen and women wherever and however it can and to ensure no member of the Armed Forces should suffer any disadvantage as a result of their service.
The 20 June signing – by college Principal Grant Ritchie – took place at the college’s Kingsway Campus in Dundee.
The document was co-signed on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) by Lt Col Al Jarvis RE, the Commanding Officer of Tayforth Universities Officers Training Corps (TUOTC).
Dundee and Angus College’s commitments to honouring the Covenant includes pledges to:
- Promote the fact it is an Armed Forces-friendly organisation.
- Seek to support the employment of veterans young and old and work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers.
- Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners.
- Endeavour to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.
- Seek to support employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, including by accommodating their training and deployment where possible.
- Offering support to local cadet units, either in the local community or in local schools, where possible.
- Aim to actively participate in Armed Forces Day.
More than 2000 UK organisations have now signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
The Covenant signing was organised by Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and attended – along with the signatories – by the organisation’s Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor.
Ron said: “It’s fantastic that Dundee and Angus College has pledged its support to the Armed Forces family and we very much value their commitment which, appropriately enough, comes in this the Year of Young People (YoYP). We are really looking forward to working closely with the college in future.”