Jacobs Recommits Support for the UK Armed Forces as Minister joins for Covenant Signing
Jacobs has re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, pledging to continue our support and advocacy of the U.K. Armed Forces and provide sustainable employment pathways for former service personnel and reservists.
Already a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), Jacobs decided to recommit to the Covenant following the acquisition of CH2M in December 2017 and the introduction of an enhanced benefits and support package for military and former military employees and their spouses. The enhanced support doubles the number of days available to reservists, as well as greatly improving military training and secondment opportunities.
“I am delighted to see Jacobs recommitting its support of the employment of servicemen and women,” said U.K. Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster. “The skills obtained through military service lend themselves particularly well to the business world. I am pleased to see Jacobs taking a proactive approach by pledging to increase their number of veteran employees, as well as establishing a UK Reserve Champion and Armed Forces lead, who will promote the values of employing members of the military community.”
“Jacobs has a long history of working in the U.K. defense sector and recognizes the commitment of the Armed Forces in ensuring the safety and security of our nation,” said Jacobs Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear International Senior Vice President and General Manager Pete Lutwyche. “Employing several hundred ex-servicemen and women, as well as reservists, we understand the value current and former military families bring to our company and the wider business community.
The Jacobs Employee Network, VetNet, was also established to advocate for veterans and military reserve members of government military organizations and related groups from around the world. VetNet supports more than 2,000 Jacobs veteran employees, their families and other veteran supporters from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, Australia, India and others, and welcomes all employees (veterans and non-veterans) to become members.It also connects employees with organizations that assist veterans and reservists and their families.
“As well as broader training and secondment opportunities for ourreservists and veterans, we have also appointed a dedicated U.K. Armed Forces Champion to help drive our efforts to build greater engagement with local communities looking for employment pathways for service leavers,” added Lutwyche.
Jacobs has worked alongside the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) for more than 30 years, supporting the Armed Forces through several programs delivered for the MoD, Defence Equipment and Support and the Defence Infrastructure Organisation. In 2016, Jacobs was recognized by the MoD for our commitment to the British military as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), recognizing our advocacy for the Armed Forces, the work we carry out in local communities and values aligning with the AFC.
Photo: Covenant signing by (L to R) Jacobs Aerospace, Technology and Nuclear International Senior Vice President and General Manager Pete Lutwyche, U.K. Armed Forces Minister Mark Lancaster and Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Europe Senior Vice President and General Manager Donald Morrison.