TUCO has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and been awarded Bronze certification for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) is a promise that those that serve, or have served in the armed forces and their families, will be treated fairly. The signing of the Covenant shows support for the Armed Forces Community and by doing so, we agree that no member of the Armed Forces Community should face disadvantage compared to any other citizen and that in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

As a result, we have been awarded the Bronze Certificate for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) which encourages employers to support defence. An ERS award shows that the recipient is delivering tangible support for the Armed Forces community.

The AFC relies on the people, communities, and businesses of the UK to actively support it in order to make a difference. We are now encouraging our members, suppliers and industry colleagues to pledge their support by signing the Covenant, and recognise the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to our business and to our country. This could be through employment of veterans and service spouses, promotion of key awareness days such as Remembrance Day, additional support if staff were to undertake reserve training, alongside always considering the different needs of the armed forces community, whether they be staff or students.

Spokespeople for the AFC will be present at the TUCO Conference, so you are welcome to ask any questions about the Covenant, or about signing up yourselves.

We are proud to be supporting the Armed Forces Community, demonstrated by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. We recognise the contribution of those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, and are keen to support in any way we can to ensure they face no disadvantage when beginning civilian life. - Mike Haslin, CEO, TUCO.

Find out more and sign the Covenant here.