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Pledge to support our armed forces heroes

Former services personnel are being supported into life in ‘civvy street’ by Britain’s biggest electricity distribution company.

From Press releases - 15 October 2015 12:00 AM

Former services personnel are being supported into life in ‘civvy street’ by Britain’s biggest electricity distribution company.

UK Power Networks has pledged its support to Defence by signing a forces-friendly corporate covenant. Such agreements are put in place by the Ministry of Defence to allow businesses to show their public support for the armed forces and their veterans.

UK Power Networks operates the electricity network for about eight million customers in London, the South East and East Anglia. Its commitment to the armed forces recently earned the firm a silver award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans Mark Lancaster said: “Our Armed Forces community deserves the very best support and we are grateful to UK Power Networks for joining the many hundreds of companies that have signed the Corporate Covenant to date. We commend the company’s pledges to promote itself as a forces-friendly organisation and to support the employment of veterans and reserves.”

Chris Degg, Director of Human Resources at UK Power Networks, said: “Civilian employers have so much to gain from working closely with the armed forces to support the integration of ex-military personnel into a civilian workforce. They can contribute a wealth of transferable skills and experience and the benefits are mutual as we’ve seen from the excellent service veterans we’ve been able to offer employment to.

“We are proud to join the ranks of businesses that have formally pledged their support to ex-military personnel reservists and their families. In signing the covenant we recognise the sacrifices that our servicemen and women make for their country in the course of their duties and they thoroughly deserve our gratitude and full support.”

Ways in which UK Power Networks supports military personnel include:
- promoting opportunities as a forces-friendly organisation through recruitment and other channels
- supporting the employment of veterans, working with the Career Transition Partnership
- supporting employees who choose to be members of the reserve forces
- actively participating in Armed Forces Day

Hundreds of organisations have signed the corporate covenant, pledging their support to the armed forces community and the public can find out who else has signed and what they’re pledging here.

All corporate covenants include a core statement of commitment. It says no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen and in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate, especially for the injured or bereaved.

UK Power Networks works closely with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to recruit service leavers of all ranks into a variety of roles.