Veka Group has no reservations in welcoming reservists

Systems supplier Veka hosted representatives from the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment at the company’s Burnley headquarters to give staff chance to find out more about joining the Army Reserve.

Veka was recently presented with a Bronze Award Certificate from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for pledging to support those who serve. The MoD’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards certificates to dedicated organisations which have opted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating its commitment to offering fair employment and support to members of the Armed Forces.

Veka’s operations director Paul Armstrong welcomed the soldiers on site before employees from across the company were encouraged to visit the stand and find out about the part-time opportunities available within the Army Reserve.

Paul said: “Last year, I was invited to visit Cyprus, by the Army, on behalf of Veka laminator Mark Schofield – who has been in the Army Reserve for more than 20 years. The trip was an opportunity to learn about reservists’ military work and how it complements their ‘everyday’ roles. Since then, we are proud to have organised some Army Reserve workshops for our staff as a way to offer some of our employees a fresh perspective on life outside work. The primary aim to give advice and information that might hopefully see some more men and women join up.”

Captain Mark Lydiate headed up the recruitment team: “It’s great when forward-thinking organisations like Veka invite us on site to speak to staff, because joining the Army Reserve can be incredibly beneficial, both for individuals and their employers.

“Recruitment events like this allow us to chat to people that might not otherwise know what being in the Army Reserve involves, and how it can work in conjunction with another career. As well as the benefits of travel, adventure and extra pay, there’s a huge range of training opportunities with qualifications that are directly applicable to civilian jobs.

“The minimum amount of time that you have to commit as an Army reservist is just 27 days per year. So you can see how easily it can work alongside another job. Especially with companies like Veka, that have pledged to support people in these roles.”