We’re proud to announce that EKFB has become the first HS2 joint venture to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
The covenant, signed by EKFB Project Director, Emmanuel Rossignol, and Wing Commander, Kerstie Wright, outlines a number of promises that EKFB will follow to best support any active and ex-armed forces members.
EKFB Project Director, Emmanuel Rossignol, commented: “EKFB has been a Leader in Diversity for many years, and now we are embarking on a new leg of our journey towards ClearAssured Platinum status. We are demonstrating not only to our external stakeholders but to the people of EKFB and its wider family, that we really are leading the way in inclusion. We are also looking at return to work programmes for spouses and dependents and we’re working with external companies like Buildforce to focus on how best to ease the transition to civilian employment for ex-military personnel.”
Included in our pledges is the launch of the new Forces Affinity Network.
Wing Commander Kerstie Wright, commented on this new signing: “The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives. We are delighted that the Eiffage, Kier, Ferrovial and BAM Joint Venture (EKFB) have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and I am delighted to be a signatory. As a joint venture, it is clear that EKFB understands and recognises the value of partnering with the armed forces community, having the right culture and strategies in place to support their workforce from any background.”
EKFB’s Senior Recruiter Amy Flynn, who was present for the signing, said: “I am a military spouse so it is a subject quite close to my heart. In the past, I worked with the MOD on introducing consortiums/joint ventures to the Armed Forces Covenant process. When I joined EKFB in February, I saw that the team were already doing everything to support their staff and drive ex-military recruitment so I wanted to make sure they got the recognition they deserve. Being part of a forces family, at times, can be tough. You have to manage house moves, deployments and changes to home life. Whilst you don’t want any of this to affect work, sometimes there is no choice. To be part of a team that understands this and has put steps in place to support staff when this does happen, makes all the difference.”
A huge thank you to all involved in planning this fantastic initiative.