Serco supporting our Armed Forces
Serco is a leading provider of public services. Our customers are governments or others operating in the public sector. We currently employ 65,000 people around the world working in the following five sectors – defence, justice & immigration, transport, health and citizen services.
Supporting our Armed Forces
In defence, Serco has a long and proud history of providing mission critical support services to the UK’s Armed Forces both at home and overseas. In the UK, Serco employees maintain the UK’s ballistic missile defence and early warning radars, keep Royal Navy, Army and RAF aircraft serviceable, operate over 100 support vessels for the Royal Navy, enable military education at the Defence Academy, provide air traffic control, fire and other airfield services, operate and maintain the UK MOD’s satellite communication systems, as well as support UK forces deployed on operations.
This has given us a unique appreciation of the sacrifice that people serving in the Armed Forces make and the positive contribution that ex-forces personnel can make in our business and in the wider community.
We are proud to employ three thousand veterans across our entire UK business and actively support the Volunteer Reserves. Serco was one of the first signatories to the Corporate Covenant in 2013, which is a public declaration of our commitment to help support ex-forces personnel make the successful transition into work.
Our commitment extends to supporting all employees who are members of the Reserve Forces and those who may want to volunteer and includes 12 additional days of paid holiday to support Reservists in meeting their commitment to training throughout the year.
This support has been recently recognised through the presentation of an Armed Forces Corporate Covenant Gold Award by Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon in January 2016. Serco is one of only 15 companies to receive this prestigious accolade.
“The best decision I’ve ever made”
Army reservist, Chris Sinclair has worked at Serco for over four years and is currently an electrician for Serco’s London Cycle Hire contract with Transport for London. Chris joined the Reserves in 2010 and has spent the last six years as an Army Chef with The London Regiment, the only Army Reserve Regiment in the Guards Division. He recently collected Serco’s Gold Award from 10 Downing Street on behalf of the company.
Chris said: “Becoming a reservist is the best decision I have ever made in my life. I have gained so many qualifications and experience which I can use back in my civilian life and in my job every day. Serco has been very supportive to my outside commitments.”
Serco CEO, Rupert Soames: “We are grateful for the vital role the Armed Forces play in keeping our nation safe and the positive contribution former servicemen and women, as well as reservists like Chris, make to our country and our business. We actively support the Armed Forces community – from providing job opportunities for veterans through to increasing the paid leave allowance for our reservists.”
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