People are very much at the heart of our business, but to truly support our people, we must create a culture that is diverse, inclusive and importantly, representative of the communities we work within. The covenant lays out commitments for businesses to protect and support members of the Armed Forces community ensuring that they have the same access to government and commercial services and opportunities as other citizens.
Signing the Armed Forces Covenant represents our pledge and demonstrates our support to respect the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value serving personnel, both regular and reservists, veterans, and military families contribute to our business and our country.
For us, this can relate to equal opportunities with employment within the Natta Group and discounted construction training courses through CISTC. We will also support participating organisations with free mentoring, advice, and training through our Construction Training Group – Surrey Training Group.
Adhering to government guidelines, we were joined by 20 guests to witness the signing followed by ‘Afternoon Tea’. Among those in attendance was the HM Lord-Lieutenant of Surrey, Michael More-Molyneux as well as The Mayor of Waverley, Cllrs John Robini, Colonel Patrick Crowley DL Chief Executive and Andrew Gibbs from the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and Canon Peter Bruinvels.
We were also pleased to be joined by the Chairman of Aldershot Football Club, Shahid Azeem, as we continue our wonderful partnership with the club.
The Covenant was co-signed by Managing Director, John E Whelan and Colonel Patrick Cowley.
John Whelan said: “I am very proud to be signing the Covenants today. The Armed Forces play a crucial part in keeping our country safe and it is important that we show our recognition by supporting those serving and their families in any way that we can, as well as inspiring others to do the same.”
Colonel Patrick Cowley also commented: “I am delighted that Natta and CISTC have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, demonstrating a close relationship between the Armed Forces and the Natta Group.”
About the Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is the nation’s promise to those who serve or have served in the armed forces that they will be treated with fairness and respect.
It ensures that past and present members of the community have the same access to services as any other citizen. This applies to several aspects including education, housing, healthcare and financial assistance.
About the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association
The South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA) is one of the 13 RFCAs in the UK. It gives support to the Reserve Forces and Cadets in the Counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Oxfordshire, Surrey, East and West Sussex.
SERFCA has close links to the local community and we are thrilled to have SERFCA administer this event for Natta.
Established over 50 years ago, Natta Building Company Limited is a highly successful, progressive independent contracting group. Inherent to our business is our focus and ‘can do’ attitude.
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