Company’s commitment results in silver award in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme
HANSON have received a silver award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, demonstrating the company’s commitment to being an armed forces-friendly employer.
The silver award is a step up from the bronze received last year and recognizes the work Hanson have done to support veterans, reservists and their families, and to encourage more former service personnel into their business.
In 2022 Hanson signed the Armed Forces Covenant as part of their aim to be a fair, respectful and inclusive company and, since then, have extended their FAIR committee to include regional transport manager Aaron Smith, a representative from the armed forces.
A former RAF sergeant, Mr smith is implementing activities to support the company’s commitment to the Covenant. These include raising funds for the Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal, holding a ‘lunch and learn’ to talk to employees about his experiences of being a veteran now working at Hanson, and launching the company’s Armed Forces Network.
The purpose of the network is to share information and experiences, recognize how to continue to support reservists and the spouses and partners of those called up for duty, and understand what can be done to further attract people into Hanson.
‘We have made it a policy to support the operations of the UK armed forces and to enable employees who are – or wish to become – reservists to have the time off needed to fulfil their obligations,’ said Hanson chief executive officer Simon Willis.
‘We have also developed our relationship with the Career Transition Partnership to better understand the skills of those looking for work and have held sessions with our recruiting managers to educate them on the range of transferable skills former service personnel offer and the contribution they can make to our business.’