Here at Riverside, we’re well aware of the legal duty of care that employers have to their staff – we even teach others how to practice this, with our operator training!
But something that we also hold high on the agenda, is our commitment – as a recruiter – to those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families.
In fact, two key members of our current staff are ex-military. Director, Barry Scanlon – who joined Riverside as a service manager in early 2016 – has an impressive 23-year career in the Army under his belt. And in addition, Mic Harrison – service engineer at Riverside for almost four years – was previously a marine mechanic in the Navy.
It was therefore a logical decision for us to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant – a pledge to acknowledge and understand that those who serve or have served their country should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities they help, and assisted in their search for a job once they have left the military.
The covenant supports serving personnel, service leavers, veterans, and their families, and is fulfilled by a range of bodies, including central and local Government, businesses, and charities.
Upon signing this covenant, Riverside is pledging that in business dealings carried out, no member of the Armed Forces community will be disadvantaged in any way; that a level of flexibility of leave will be offered to partners of Armed Forces personnel, and if new role criteria levels are met, interviews will automatically be offered.
The covenant is the nation’s commitment to support and help those personnel who proudly protect our nation with honour and courage – and Riverside is pleased to be a part of it!
To find out more about the covenant, or show your support, please visit: www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/