We’ve scooped a bronze award for our commitment to the armed forces community

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Our commitment as a ‘no barriers’ employer have been acknowledged with a bronze award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awarded to The Right Fuelcard Company, who runs our Foundation

Provided by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the scheme recognises UK employers’ commitment to support defence personnel – awarding bronze, silver and gold accolades for companies who back those who serve – or have served – in the Armed Forces.

Our most recent recruit, Ryan Hartle, is an ex-Royal Engineer who was referred to us by Career Transition Partnership – the MOD’s resettlement programme, which supports service leavers looking to enter the private job market.

We recognise that ex-military personnel have a set of transferable skills – from problem solving to teamwork – which can be extremely valuable to help us to continue to go from strength to strength.

The Right Fuelcard Company – which was ranked 33 in the Sunday Times Best Small Companies to Work For 2016 (also listed 12th for employees’ well-being and 11th for its strong and caring team culture) – has amassed a strong track record of fostering an inclusive workplace culture.

This ERS initiative aligns and complements our non-traditional recruitment strategy to reach out into our local communities and provide real job opportunities for people from wide-ranging backgrounds.

Since being launched in 2013, The Bayford Foundation has consistently demonstrated how individuals that don’t have the relevant work experience can still succeed in business when given the opportunity and support to develop the right skills.

The Foundation manager, Nick Elletson, who maintains our powerful collaboration with CTP and other partner organisations, says: “It is widely known that ex-servicemen and women can struggle to adapt to life on Civvy Street and may have difficulty finding meaningful employment.

“We have always appreciated the importance of transferrable skills and positive attitudes – and believe that they can make up for lack of experience in a particular industry. For example, ex-military personnel have good problem solving skills and leadership qualities and are also invariably highly disciplined with a great work ethic.”

“This means that here at The Bayford Foundation we are always interested in discussing training opportunities with them.”

For more information on The Bayford Foundation and job opportunities available, visit www.bayfordfoundation.co.uk or call 0113 202 5129.

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