TCAT signs covenant to support our armed forces

TCAT signs covenant to support our armed forces1Telford College of Arts and Technology has signed the Armed Forces Covenant – pledging to support the employment of veterans of all ages.

The college, which delivers a selection of training courses for the public uniformed services, has worked closely with the armed forces for many years.

TCAT sales manager Dale Kynaston explained: “Several of our own members of staff are ex-military, so we realise only too well how difficult it can be to find employment when leaving the forces.

“This also often applies to spouses of serving personnel, who find themselves in the unusual situation of needing to look for employment opportunities when their partners leave the forces.

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The Armed Forces Covenant crest, and pictures of the Royal Marines who regularly visit TCAT to put public uniformed services and sports students through their paces

“We pride ourselves on our relationships with local industry, and will always do everything we can to offer training and potential employment opportunities to ex-military personnel, when and wherever possible.”

The covenant is a formal commitment to those who proudly protect our nation, and who do so with honour, courage, and commitment.

It is a pledge that TCAT acknowledges and understands that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.

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The covenant focuses on helping members of the armed forces community have the same access to government and commercial services and products as any other citizen.

The covenant says: “No member of the armed forces should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services, compared to any other citizen.

“TCAT recognises the value which serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business.”

By signing the covenant, TCAT has also pledged to offer support to local cadet units, offer a discount to members of the armed forces community, and offer ‘a degree of flexibility’ in granting leave to service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.

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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