Today, I am hugely excited to share the news that VACT has been awarded a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award. This award is given to companies who demonstrate support for service personnel issues and employ at least one member of the Armed Forces community.
Part of the criteria for being awarded this, is about showing flexibility towards annual training and mobilisation commitments of Reservist employees and support the employment of Cadet Instructors, Armed Forces Veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners.
Having served nearly 23 years in the Royal Navy myself and married to Andrew an Army veteran of 25 years and whose own company employs military veterans, spouses, and reservists – we are both passionate about supporting those still serving, their spouses and veterans. We totally understand the sacrifices and needs of this eclectic mix of society.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve. It says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives and for VACT this means we work with individuals who have left the service and are transitioning to the civilian world but also in supporting spouses to have meaningful careers that are portable, flexible and very rewarding. We are humbled to be able to support military charities and support organisations by helping them find their military veteran / spouse Virtual Assistant.
The Armed Forces Covenant is not a charitable organisation. It is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says we will do all we can to ensure they are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.
The Armed Forces Covenant relies on the people, communities, and businesses of the UK to actively support it in order to make a difference; both I and my team feel very proud to be given this recognition of Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award.