To sigh the Covenant, the Rap team recently went to an event at the Rift Group offices in Ashford. Here, Rap Director Martyn Pilcher signed the covenant and got the chance to meet some military personnel, who kindly said a few words about the scheme:
“If your firm signs up to the covenant what you’re doing is acknowledging that members of the armed forces – particularly the army reserves – will work within your area of expertise and that you will support them in their military careers that will run alongside their civilian careers.
“The covenant is very much a two-way street. So, we would ask you to support them, release them for training, make sure that they get the time off to go on the two-week annual training exercise which they’re required to do each year. And of course you get something back. The army is very good at training people to be more confident, be more self-aware. It instinctively builds in contingency planning; that’s something they learn at a very early age.
“There’s a saying in the army that no plan survives contact with the enemy, so at a very early age you’re taught to think ‘what if, what when’. So, contingency planning is something that they learn at a very early age and civilian firms like that.
“The other thing that we find with employers is that they greatly appreciate that soldiers learn to make decisions and own those decisions. They aren’t afraid to make decisions and do so without supervision or minimal supervision or direction – i.e. understanding what’s required and then acting on the ground. We know that employers like that.
“And then there’s also the transferable skills from writing risk assessments to delivering first aid training – all of which can be transferred across into employment, so it’s a proper two-way street. I think it’s to everyone’s benefit to buy into the covenant.”
Dean Goldsmith, Captain