Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hailing Value of Armed Forces Personnel

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hailing Value of Armed Forces Personnel

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SUPPORTING our Armed Forces makes sense for employers, according to the chief executive of construction specialist Esh Group.

Brian Manning, who leads the multi-disciplinary construction group, said the business has benefited significantly from the skills and mindsets of the people who make our armed forces such extraordinary organisations.

Esh Group, which recently signed a commitment to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant, counts reservists and veterans amongst its workforce. And Brian said the Esh Group team is stronger for having the ingenuity and resilience of armed forces people.

He explained: "The armed forces are highly effective organisations for all sorts of reasons - not least the people within them. It makes enormous sense for companies like ours to support our armed forces and their people.

"We benefit from the skills and the community benefits from employment and training. We work closely with the Ministry of Defence, and will continue to do so."

Esh Group, which employs more than 1,200 people, has received a silver award via the Ministry of Defence's Employer Recognition Scheme, for its efforts to uphold the Covenant. In recognition of the award Esh Group representatives attended a dinner for North East firms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, attended by HRH Prince Michael of Kent. Chris Watson, Group HR director at Esh Group said: "We have been an armed forces-friendly company for a long time, so we were more than pleased to sign the Covenant and outline our commitments.

"We seek to support the employment of veterans young and old, and advertise all of our vacancies to the forces' Career Transition Partnership to establish a career pathway for service leavers."

Esh also supports members of staff who choose to be reservists, and is offering to help local cadet units with work experience placements. …

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