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L-R: Allan Vaughan, executive director of Defence, ISS, Philip Leigh, COO for the ISS Public Sector business, ISS, Mark Lancaster, minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, brigadier Mark van der Lande, CBE, head of Reserves

ISS pledges continued support for the Armed Forces Covenant

ISS UK has signed a new commitment for the Defence Armed Forces Covenant, for the continuation of its support of the Armed Forces personnel into the civilian workforce.

The Armed Forces Covenant pledges support to the British Armed Forces to ensure that those who serve or have served and their families are treated fairly.

The renewed pledge was signed by ISS senior management at a reception held in the RAF Club in London’s Piccadilly.

The event was attended by over 50 guests to include the ISS Board, Ministry of Defence representatives, plus ISS stakeholders ranging from suppliers to clients. Attendees presented case studies of the programmes developed for both Reservists and service leavers employed at ISS and highlighted the range of opportunities available to all.

Philip Leigh, COO, Healthcare Education, Authorities and Defence (HEAD) with ISS provided insights on the breadth of opportunities available via the facilities management industry. He also provided an overview of the benefits subsequently gained by ISS, one of the first organisations to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.

ISS is also a Gold Award winner of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (Defence ERS) in recognition of its work as a member of the Veteran Employment Transition Support (VETS) pilot partnership. As such, ISS supports the transition of Armed Forces personnel into civilian employment.

Businesses which hold ERS Gold Awards proactively advocate and support the Armed Forces community – both internally to employees and externally to the wider community. These organisations also introduce HR policies to encourage the recruitment of Armed Forces personnel, spouses and veterans, and enable reservists to fulfil their annual training and mobilisation.

Commenting at the event, Richard Sykes, CEO ISS UK & Ireland said:

Our pledge today is recognition of our continued support of our people serving in the military. The Armed Forces Covenant means that we can bring new skills and talent to our business. In turn, these individuals can impart their knowledge and positive attitudes to the next generation coming into the FM sector. I’m proud to renew our commitment and to do so with a growing number of partners.”

Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, Mark Lancaster, added:

ISS’s continued and growing commitment to the Armed Forces is hugely appreciated.  Their wide ranging support of the VETS initiative, positive approach towards the employment of Reservists, service leavers and their families and advocacy work through their supply chain is exemplary. We are very grateful for the efforts of businesses like ISS who are always looking to do more for those courageous servicemen and women who serve or have served our country.”

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