The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
Almost 120 employers in Wales have signed the Covenant to ensure the Armed Forces community has the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
This network of signatories is wide ranging and includes businesses, local authorities, charities and community organisations.
Most public sector organisations are already on board and it’s possible that somewhere in your supply chain, a private business is also finding a way to provide support.
The support is often tailored by each employer. Some have decided to offer discounted services to the Armed Forces community, whilst others have flexible HR policies to enable the easy deployment of reservists they employ.
Many employers decide to make the pledge as a part of their wider corporate social responsibility initiatives. However, most recognise that their most important asset is their people and the Armed Forces Covenant is a way to solidify their support to a section of their workforce.
Got a good idea? The Covenant Fund gives £10m in grants to specially-themed projects that support the Armed Forces community.
Selection is competitive and the funding grants for April 2018 to March 2019 will prioritise digital developments that consider the Armed Forces Covenant’s relevance today in the context of the First World War commemorations.
The Armed Forces Covenant Fund grant has supported Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum of Wales’ First World War collections, an online catalogue to provide the public with digital access to a rich resource.
Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales
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 the Regional Employer Engagement Directors (REEDs) at RFCA for Wales.
REED (South Wales)
Mrs Audrey Nealon
Tel: 02920 375734
REED (North Wales)
Mr Tony Fish
Tel: 07508 193902