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Nov. 23 2021

Bureau Veritas is proud to have partnered with The Poppy Factory, a charity which supports Armed Forces veterans with health conditions on their journey into employment.

Under the partnership, members of the Bureau Veritas Resourcing team will provide support and guidance to those transitioning to civilian life, working closely with a designated Employment Consultant at The Poppy Factory to help identify opportunities at Bureau Veritas and overcome any barriers.

It’s all part of our Service Leavers Programme, an industry-leading initiative to help ex-services personnel transition into civilian roles. The programme offers career opportunities, practical work experience and training opportunities for those leaving the Armed Forces.

Bureau Veritas signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2015, which underlines our commitment to support the wider Armed Forces community and to recognise its contribution to the business and our country. In 2021, we were awarded a Gold Award in the Covenant’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

Amy Story, resourcing partner for Bureau Veritas, said: “The Poppy Factory is a fantastic organisation, offering employment opportunities and support to wounded, sick and injured Forces leavers, including those with mental health conditions. Last year alone, they helped veterans start more than 270 jobs.

“We’re delighted to be working alongside them, helping to identify opportunities at Bureau Veritas and we’re in constant contact with our Employment Consultant to assist with each personal employee case.

“It’s a further demonstration of our commitment to support those leaving the Armed Forces, recognising the transferrable skills and valuable attributes they can bring to a commercial organisation.”

The Poppy Factory was founded in 1922 by Major George Howson MC, a British Army officer in the First World War. His vision for the charity was to provide employment for veterans injured during the First World War. Originally facilitating veterans into roles making remembrance products, it has expanded over the years to help support Armed Forces leavers into workplaces all over the country.