Shrewsbury College and Armed Forces Sign Historic Covenant

Shrewsbury College and Armed Forces  Sign Historic Covenant1

(from left) Lt Col Comer, Maj Webber, Assistant Principal Catherine Armstrong, Principal Steve Wain, Col Coulon, Wg Cdr Bell, Lt Col Jones (front) Iain Gilmour Chair of Corporation, Col Richard Maybery QGM

As part of a government drive for businesses, local authorities and the community to support the Armed Forces, Shrewsbury College and the Army today signed a historic covenant agreement.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation to those who serve or who have served, and their families, which says that partners will do all they can to ensure Armed Forces personnel are treated fairly and not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

To date more than 800 businesses and charities throughout the UK have signed an Armed Forces Covenant.

Shrewsbury College and Armed Forces  Sign Historic Covenant2

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to demonstrate our support for the Armed Forces”, commented Principal of Shrewsbury College, Steve Wain.  “As part of the agreement we will have an army cadet attachment moving to the College campus and we will work closely on a number of joint initiatives with all of the Armed Forces.”

To witness and celebrate the signing of the Covenant by Steve Wain and Colonel Richard Maybery QGM, the Army hosted a Business Breakfast at the College on Wednesday 20th April.  Many businesses attended plus Army personnel and key Shrewsbury College representatives.

“Today is significant for both parties,” said senior Army representative, Lt Col Jones. “The Corporate Covenant gives businesses and charities the opportunity to sign an official written commitment that they will help improve the lives of the Armed Forces, their families and veterans who are working for or using their services.  We are delighted with the enthusiastic support shown by Shrewsbury College.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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