Jacobs Earns Silver Award for UK Armed Forces Support
Jacobs received an award from the U.K. Ministry of Defence (MOD) for its support and commitment to the U.K. Armed Forces. The award is part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), which recognizes organizations that demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and have values aligned with the U.K. Armed Forces Covenant.
Jacobs has supported the MOD for more than 30 years and has a close appreciation for the contribution our servicemen and women make to the U.K.’s defence and security. Jacobs employs many veterans and reservists across its global business and has a number of initiatives in place to support the U.K. Armed Forces community. These include supporting employees’ annual reservist training and commitments, reservist forums to share experiences, and providing support to the Royal Engineers through secondment opportunities, seminars, and career advice. The company also organizes recruiting activities specifically for veterans, and works with the U.K. Officers Association and Career Transition Partnership to build a talent pipeline and encourage early service leavers to participate in its internal apprenticeship programs.
Brigadier (Retd) Martin Boswell (late Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers) joined Jacobs in 2014 and works in the company’s U.K. Defence team. “From my own experience Jacobs offers excellent opportunities for defence service personnel,” he said. “The breadth of meaningful work means these personnel can make lasting contributions as they develop and grow a second career.
“Jacobs has very similar values to the Services, and this can help service people as they transition. Both Jacobs and the Services appreciate the importance of developing and sustaining strong relationships; investing time, working to truly understand each individual, retaining that accumulated knowledge and passing it forward, and adding value every time.”
Lt. Col. Bruce Snelling (Royal Engineers), a project manager with Jacobs’ Global Aviation team adds, “As a reservist of 16 years with Jacobs, I’ve valued the company’s support and flexibility towards my annual training and mobilisation. The values and breadth of skills and experience I have acquired as a reservist have benefited my civilian career at Jacobs.”