What is the Armed Forces Covnant?
Here at IGS, we see the daily benefits a diverse, multi-skilled workforce can bring. We’re fortunate enough to have a team made up of a wide range of backgrounds and skillsets, some of whom have served in the Armed Forces or are currently enlisted as reservists.
That’s why we’re proud to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and received the Bronze Employer Recognition Award. The award recognises the support that IGS gives to the armed forces and veterans, alongside the sacrifices and hard work of those who have served (either in the past or as reservists), cadet instructors, military spouses and partners.
We’re committed to providing members of the armed forces community with the same opportunities for employment as other individuals, as well as supporting reservists who train regularly and may be mobilised.
Contributing to the success of IGS
We recognise the commitment made by the armed forces community and have put in place policies to help support this. As of August 2023, 6% of the IGS workforce are veterans, working in areas such as engineering, project management and data science.
David Farquhar, CEO, said: “As a former Army officer, I’m delighted to support the Armed Forces Covenant and provide opportunities to my fellow veterans. The Employer Recognition Scheme is a fantastic way to honour the contributions made by members of the armed forces and provide them with new career paths.”
“We’re fully committed to continuing to make IGS a great place to work for veterans and the rest of our team, so receiving the Bronze Employer Recognition Award is an important next step in doing so.”
Greg Millar, Senior Deployment Manager at IGS and a Royal Navy veteran, said: “it is a fantastic initiative by IGS to recognise the values of those who serve or have served. IGS has shown genuine commitment already by actively encouraging the employment of veterans of all ages, offering extra leave and supporting employees who choose to continue to serve as a reservist. To be part of a company that recognises and officially declares its own support is very important to me.
“I would encourage any other organisations to also sign the Covenant and benefit from the broad spectrum of transferable skills and qualities theArmed Forces community brings to the workplace. This has proved invaluable to IGS.”
Building on the accreditation
After signing the Armed Forces Covenant on the 1 August 2023, IGS is actively working towards the Silver Employer Recognition Award.The scheme has three tiers – bronze, silver and gold – allowing employers to enact policies and procedures to welcome former and serving members of the armed forces in their workforce.
Further information on the Covenant and different tiers can be found on the Armed Forces Covenant website.