Highways England has called on ex-military personnel to consider a career in roads – not long after the organisation is rewarded for its own work to support people coming out of the armed forces.
Highways England is the government-owned company responsible for modernising, maintaining and operating England’s motorways and major A roads.
The organisation has just been given a prestigious award by the Ministry of Defence for its continued commitment to inspiring and supporting both veterans and reservists. The award is given to employers who support defence and inspire others to do the same.
It was presented to company representatives Royal Naval Reservist Lieutenant Commander Robert Jaffier, now an asset and resource manager, and Ron Calderwood-Duncan, Head of Engagement and Culture Change.
Robert, who nominated the company, said in a news release:
“I am delighted that the hard work carried out by Highways England to recognise the achievements and skills of ex-military personnel has been recognised. In practical terms, Highways England appeared a good fit for me to be able to continue my civilian career while pursuing my personal development as a reservist.
The main challenge was settling back down to civilian life from my time out on operations and become reacquainted with the culture of the business that had evolved while I was away. So, it’s great that my workplace offers successful applicants a buddy who is someone who has experienced making the transition from military life to working for Highways England. I am delighted to offer my support as a buddy for new recruits, and I urge anyone from the forces looking for a career change to consider Highways England.”
The Ministry of Defence makes awards under its Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Employers have to show their values are aligned with the Armed Forces Covenant.