Telford College of Arts and Technology has signed the Armed Forces Covenant – pledging to support the employment of veterans of all ages.
The college, which delivers a selection of training courses for the public uniformed services, has worked closely with the armed forces for many years.
TCAT sales manager Dale Kynaston explained: “Several of our own members of staff are ex-military, so we realise only too well how difficult it can be to find employment when leaving the forces.
“This also often applies to spouses of serving personnel, who find themselves in the unusual situation of needing to look for employment opportunities when their partners leave the forces.
“We pride ourselves on our relationships with local industry, and will always do everything we can to offer training and potential employment opportunities to ex-military personnel, when and wherever possible.”
The covenant is a formal commitment to those who proudly protect our nation, and who do so with honour, courage, and commitment.
It is a pledge that TCAT acknowledges and understands that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
The covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.
The covenant says: “No member of the armed forces should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services, compared to any other citizen.
“TCAT recognises the value which serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business.”
By signing the covenant, TCAT has also pledged to offer support to local cadet units, offer a discount to members of the armed forces community, and offer ‘a degree of flexibility’ in granting leave to service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.