A NORTH EAST construction group has been recognised for its commitment to being an armed forces-friendly operation.

2nd December 2016

Esh Group, based in Bowburn, Durham, recently signed a commitment to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant. The Covenant is a promise to ensure those who are serving or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. It sets out pledges ranging from helping former personnel into civilian work to supporting reservists and offering help to cadet units. And now the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme has handed the company – which employs more than 1,200 people – a silver award for 2016.

As part of the Employer Recognition Scheme, Esh Group representatives were at a dinner for North East firms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, attended by Prince Michael of Kent.

Chris Watson, Group HR director at Esh Group said: “We have been an armed forces-friendly company for a long time, so we were more than pleased to sign the Covenant and outline our commitments.

“We seek to support the employment of veterans young and old, and advertise all of our vacancies to the forces’ Career Transition Partnership to establish a career pathway for service leavers.”
Esh also supports members of staff who choose to be reservists, and is offering to help local cadet units with work experience placements.

“We’ve also provided the armed forces with access to 1,500 students via our Building My Skills programme in all operational areas – they’ve delivered 19 sessions,” said Chris.
The company will also be supporting Armed Forces Day, and plans to add an armed forces charity to its volunteer efforts in 2017.

Brian Manning, chief executive of Esh Group, added: “It makes enormous sense for companies like ours to support our armed forces and the people who make them such extraordinary organisations.

“We look forward to continuing our work with the MoD to offer all the help we can.”

We seek to support the employment of veterans young and old, and advertise all of our vacancies to the forces’ Career Transition Partnership to establish a career pathway for service leavers.
Esh also supports members of staff who choose to be reservists, and is offering to help local cadet units with work experience placements.

- Chris Watson, HR Director

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