Law firm Hugh James has joined a network of 251 Welsh employers to pledge support to the Armed Forces community.

Alun Jones, managing partner of Hugh James signed the Armed Forces Covenant with Colonel Nick Lock OBE, deputy Commander of 160th (Welsh) Brigade.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served in the UK Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The programme in Wales is delivered by the RFCA for Wales Regional Employer Engagement Directors on behalf of the Defence Relationship Management (DRM). A total of 251 Welsh organisations and employers have already signed the Armed Forces Covenant.

“We are delighted that Hugh James has shown its support to the Armed Forces community. The number of organisations signing the Covenant is continuing to grow at an encouraging rate”, said Audrey Nealon, Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) at the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales.

Regimental mascot Lance Corporal Shenkin IV accompanied uniformed staff as Hugh James pledged their support, with managing partner Mr Jones saying, “There is nothing that gives me more pleasure than to reaffirm our commitment to the Armed Services than by signing the Covenant here today.”

Colonel Lock said, “It’s good to see another important firm in Cardiff signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant because that means they are pledging support not only to the Armed Forces as a whole but also to Forces’ charities. It allows them to better understand how they can support Reservists who work in their organisation and also to tap into Armed Forces veterans who are coming back to Wales with a huge amount of experience.”

There are more than 2,200 reservists in Wales. They are ordinary people who come from diverse backgrounds and give up their spare time to train and serve alongside regular personnel in the Armed Forces.

Reservists work for employers of all sizes, and their minimal annual requirement is just under 30 days. In return, reservists receive world-class training to develop new skills and qualifications to boost their civilian lives, as well as pay and expenses.

RFCA for Wales’ Employer Engagement team offer assistance and advice to organisations, companies, Reservists and Cadet Volunteers relating to Defence people-related employment matters.

They work with the MoD’s Defence Relationship Management (DRM) organisation to establish open and strategic relationships with employers, tailoring partnering opportunities to mutual needs and business goals.

Interested in signing the Armed Forces Covenant? Contact wa-reed@rfca.mod.uk

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