News story: Boeing flying high after signing the Armed Forces Covenant


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Boeing Defence UK is the latest of more than 300 companies to have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant; pledging a range of support measures for the Armed Forces community.

Boeing Defence UK have, from today, pledged to:

  • Support the employment of veterans and armed forces families
  • Support employees who choose to become members of the reserve forces
  • Give special consideration to holiday requests from service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment.

Julian Brazier MP and David Pitchforth, Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd signing the Corporate Covenant [Picture: Sergeant Ross Tilly RAF, Crown copyright]

Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier MP said:

Our armed forces community deserve the best possible support; and it is excellent to see one of the UK’s largest defence companies signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, in recognition of the tremendous contribution they make to society.

Service men and women have a wealth of skills and leadership qualities, and by backing and encouraging our personnel and their families, Boeing will undoubtedly see the huge benefits they can bring to the company.

Two Royal Air Force Chinook Mk2 helicopters from RAF Odiham and manufactured by Boeing [Picture: Corporal Ashley Keates RAF, Crown copyright]

David Pitchforth, Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK Ltd said:

A large proportion of Boeing’s global workforce comes from military backgrounds and many of them are active reservists.

In the UK, we proactively recruit through the Officers Association and the Career Transition Partnership because we fully recognise the real value and wealth of transferable skills and experience that the military brings.

The signature of this covenant is not only testimony to our commitment to our employees but it also reinforces our commitment to our customers and the UK armed forces as a whole.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant here.

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