Sunbelt Awarded Silver Covenant Award
news 28 Jul 2021
We at Sunbelt Rentals are delighted to be recognised today by the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for our work to recruit and support service leavers and military veterans.
The Ministry of Defence uses the scheme to publicly thank and honour organisations that pledge and demonstrate support to the defence and armed forces community, aligning their values with the prestigious Armed Forces Covenant.
Our silver award is given to recognise our efforts to employ service leavers and former members of the Armed Forces community, and for demonstrating flexibility towards training and mobilisation commitments for Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
We are one of a small number of companies across England to have received the silver award. Jimmy Scott, Project Manager is one of our founding Veteran Ambassadors. He served with the 1st Battalion the Scots Guards for eight years and was then selected to join the Reconnaissance Platoon.
Jimmy said: “Being awarded the ERS Silver award is a fantastic achievement! It is just the beginning of our journey to support more veterans into employment whilst also working closely with our veteran communities to mentor service personnel during their transition from military to civilian life.
More than half of UK Armed Forces veterans struggle to find work in their desired fields after leaving the military because civilian employers want experienced and educated candidates, often without realising veterans meet this criteria.Jimmy Scott - Project Manager & Founding Veteran Ambassador
“There are many reasons why veterans are a great fit for any company, some of which include being able to thrive under pressure, delivering against tight deadlines and an ability to cope with change.
“I am extremely proud to say that Sunbelt Rentals has identified this and is actively seeking to increase the number of veterans employed within our business.”
Shane McKenzie, Director of Sunbelt Rentals’ Veterans Programme, said: “This is wonderful news. I am extremely proud of Sunbelt’s amazing teams as we continue to grow a ‘first of its kind’ multi-national veterans’ program that exceeds ‘best in class’ standards.”
Bryony Mulcrone, Management Accounts Assistant and founder Veteran Ambassador, served in the army in the Royal Corps of Signals between 2010 and 2016.
Sunbelt has personally given me the chance to build a career that I have dreamed of for years and I look forward to witnessing the same for many other ex-forces members too.Bryony Mulcrone - Management Accounts Assistant & Founder Veteran Ambassador
Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Leo Docherty said: “I would like to thank all the organisations who have proven their support for the Defence community during such unprecedented and challenging times.
“The vast range of those recognised this year demonstrates how employing the Armed Forces community makes a truly positive and beneficial impact for all employers, regardless of size, sector or location.”Leo Docherty - Minister for Defence People & Veterans
Any service leavers or veterans who currently work for or are potentially interested in a career at Sunbelt Rentals are invited to join our friendly Tri Service Veterans network at https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8976576/