Here at the Transport Training Academy, we are proud to be part of the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme. We have long been supporters of those men and women who serve our country, both current members of the Armed Forces and Service Leavers.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a voluntary pledge from the nation to those who protect it. It is an acknowledgement and understanding that anybody who has or is currently serving in the armed forces should be treated with respect and fairness in the communities and the society that they serve with their lives.
The Covenant seeks to assist current and former members of the armed forces community with finding the same access to commercial and government services as any other citizen. Their remit covers a wide variety of areas, including education, family well-being, access to healthcare, having a home, financial assistance, discounted services, and more.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided
exceptional support to the armed forces and defence community by going above and beyond their covenant pledges. The scheme recognises different levels of commitment in companies across the country, utilising a 3-tier award system of bronze, silver and gold. It provides the Ministry of Defence the opportunity to publicly thank and honour these organisations for their ongoing support.
At the Transport Training Academy, we are pleased to have been awarded the Gold Award, demonstrating our commitment and dedication to this scheme.
Having promoted and supported the Armed Forces and Service Leavers for many years, we have always been a true and passionate advocate for helping those who have selflessly served our country. Some years ago, we aligned ourselves with 156 Regiment Royal Logistics Corps and in particular with 236 Supply Squadron, which is our local unit. Thanks to the synergy between our industries, we felt there was much value to be had for both of us by supporting one another in a robust partnership. Over the years, this relationship has grown and developed, leading us to also support the Reserve Forces and Cadets Association for the North West of England and the Isle of Man.
For over six years we have promoted the reserve services within our organisation by allowing them access, every month, to our learners. This involves a member of their team making a presentation to groups of learners, many of whom are unemployed. They discuss the various options available to them, along with the process of applying for and becoming a Reservist. With this support, we have been able to promote the crucial work the Reservists do and the benefit of becoming one. As a result, many of them have gone on to join both the reserves and regular service.
We intend to hold quarterly Logistics Information Days for the region’s Cadets to help educate them on the careers available within the industry. These days will include interactive competitions using our plant and vehicles. Not only have we been advising military personnel on their resettlement options for over 15 years, we are also approved providers for the Enhanced Learning Credits Scheme (ELCAS)
Our instructors include veterans who understand the emotions and uncertainty that service leavers experience. To ensure that we offer the highest level of support, an internal lead from the Ministry of Defence to act as a mentor. They give invaluable advice and guidance to any service leaver that uses our organisation. Our impartial advice includes career options and choices, as well as signposting service leavers to other specialist support organisations within our network.
For more information on our involvement with the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme, contact the Transport Training Academy today on 01942 874 686 or 0845 056 0561.
Alternatively, send us an email to email@example.com and someone from the team will be back in touch as soon as possible.