Military personnel including veterans have a new ally in their search for employment after The Sussex Sign Company has pledged its support by signing The Armed Forces Covenant.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.
Businesses can choose to adopt it as a demonstration of their support for the armed forces community and, with so many of the armed forces struggling to adapt to civilian life, The Sussex Sign Company has done so.
It means the award winning Sussex Sign Company which employs 24 staff and is based in Sussex, will uphold the covenant’s key principles across its operation and advocate these practices to its customer base of 5,000 SMEs.
The principles of the Covenant are twofold – first that no member of the Armed Forces, past or present, should be disadvantaged compared to any other citizen in providing public and commercial services and, secondly, that they may be due special treatment, especially if injured or bereaved. The Sussex Sign Company has also committed to support any member of its team who are also in the Armed forces reserves.
In practice, the signing of the Covenant means The Sussex Sign Company will promote itself as forces-friendly, help Armed Forces personnel seeking employment recognise the transferrable skills they have. Support employees who choose to be Reservists and educate the company’s customers about the benefits of employing reservists and cadets.
The Sussex Sign Company is one of just over 1,000 companies in the UK to have signed The Armed Forces Covenant.
It was signed in Brighton by the company’s Operations Director Linda Edwards.
Linda said: “The service men and women of the UK’s armed forces are not assured an easy transition back into normal life when they leave the military. All veterans both Long and short serving often have to take a huge leap from their experience in military employment to whatever they do next, and it is rarely easy. We at The Sussex Sign Company are committed to supporting wherever we can.