posted 11 months ago

Jaguar Land Rover Wins Gold Award For Services To Armed Forces

Gold Award at 10 Downing Street for Jaguar Land Rover's commitment to helping military personnel find fulfilling, second, careers.

Jaguar Committed To Armed Forces Covenant

Jaguar Land Rover has received a Gold Award at Downing Street for its efforts to help military personnel find fulfilling, second, careers. The Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme was launched by the Prime Minister, David Cameron, in 2014 to: “Recognise businesses that are exemplary supporters of the Armed Forces Covenant”.

This is a promise from a nation to treat those who serve, or have served, in the Armed Forces and their families “fairly”. Businesses that win Gold Awards have policies that facilitate the recruitment of personnel, spouses and veterans and allow reservists to fulfil their training/mobilisation commitments. 

Jaguar Land Rover has been recognised alongside companies such as the Automobile Association, National Express, Gateshead Council, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation and Tesco.

The Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said: “Support from these organisations is making a real difference to our Armed Forces community. They are ensuring that the men and women who have done and continue to do so much for our nation are treated fairly. Whether allowing reservists the time to train, providing jobs, or supporting veterans and spouses, these companies embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about. I am delighted to thank them for their unwavering support.”

Jaguar Land Rover also recently announced they will be sponsoring the UK team fro the Invictus games, a sporting event for wounded, injured or sick serving personnel and veterans.

Jaguar Values Shared By Armed Force Personnel

Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ralf Speth, accepted the award for the manufacturer which has hired more than 200 veterans since 2013; including about 100 throughout 2015.

He said: “We are immensely proud to have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and to be recognised through this award. Service leavers are an excellent talent pool for Jaguar Land Rover and our supply chain, with skills that are transferable to an advanced manufacturing environment.”

Dr Speth continued: “We believe that there is a close alignment between our company’s own values and attitudes and the unstoppable persistence of Armed Forces veterans.”

Matthew Malley is among those to benefit having joined the company's 37,000 strong, global, workforce. Of these, 35,000 are based in the UK which makes it the largest employer in the nation's automotive sector.

He explained: “I was wounded in action and subsequently medically discharged during my second operational tour in Afghanistan.  I was then told my army career was over, which for me was my life. After a month long specially tailored work placement at Jaguar Land Rover, I got a job with their site services where I fit right in. I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.”