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Bureau Veritas backing Armed Forces Week

Jun. 21 2021

As proud advocates of Armed Forces leavers across our business, Bureau Veritas is supporting Armed Forces Week (21st – 26th June), which will see a host of virtual events planned across the country as well as many organisations sharing stories and support.

Armed Forces Week, which culminates with Armed Forces Day on 26th June, brings together people, communities and organisations to show their support for those who make up the Armed Forces community. And we are proud to be able to show our own support on an ongoing basis through the Bureau Veritas Service Leavers Programme.

Bureau Veritas has worked closely with the Armed Forces and relevant charities for a number of years to help support the transition of ex-services personnel into civilian roles. We have built a structured strategic partnership with these organisations, which offers new career opportunities, practical work experience and training opportunities for those leaving the armed forces.

As part of this, we signed the Armed Forces Covenant, which underlines our commitment to support the wider Armed Forces community and to recognise its contribution to the business and our country.

Speaking to Darren Hugheston-Roberts, Technical Manager for Approved Body Services Machinery who is ex-military, he has shared his experience of joining Bureau Veritas in 2017; “After discovering Bureau Veritas for the first time at a Career Transition Partnership (CTP) Fair in 2017, it was clear that it was a place that had the perfect opportunity for me when leaving the forces. The transition to join the business after leaving the forces in a short period of time was seamless. The team I joined had three other ex-forces members already which made my settlement into the team and business even smoother.

“Looking back at my experience I’m glad that it was Bureau Veritas that I made the decision to join when returning to civilian life largely due to the opportunities I have had. I joined Bureau Veritas as a consultant in 2017 and I am now the Technical Manager for Approved Body Services Machinery which demonstrates the development opportunities available working with Bureau Veritas.”

Katie White, UK HR Director at Bureau Veritas, adds: “We have spent many years developing and refining our programme to support those leaving the Armed Forces.

“Transitioning to civilian life can be a challenge as much as it is an opportunity. We offer the opportunity for structured best-in-class training, a programme of development and a wealth of career opportunities in a supporting, rewarding work environment. And as an employer, we appreciate the transferrable skills and personal attributes that those leaving the armed forces can bring.”

The programme was developed with support from the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and Defence Relationship Management. In total, more than 110 ex-service personnel have completed their resettlement journey with a role at Bureau Veritas, while many more have been supported through work placements and/or advice.

Katie White also shares: “Armed Forces Week is another fantastic initiative which helps to show our pride and appreciation for those serving past and present in the Forces. We’ll be highlighting the journey of some of our own ex-military colleagues with a series of social media posts through the week.”

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