Peterhead-based engineering firm Score Group plc has become the first big employer in the region to sign the Armed Forces Covenant to seal a strategic partnership with the Ministry of Defence.
The covenant was signed on Monday, February 1, by Score Group chairman Charles Ritchie and countersigned by Lieutenant Colonel Gordon Mackenzie of 51st Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland.
Afterwards senior representatives from the Armed Forces presented to Score directors and 300 members of staff which provided information on the opportunities within the Reserve Forces.
The resulting demand from Score staff to participate was significant.
A series of taster sessions is now planned within The Admiralty Gateway Peterhead to provide interested staff with experience of the type of tasks and team building exercises involved in the training and development of enlisted reserves.
It is hoped the move encourages interest in joining the Armed Forces Reserves and affiliated cadet movements, which could lead to increased military resources and opportunities being available to people in the Peterhead area.
Score employees saw particular benefits in joining the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, which would provide training which compliment and reinforce the company’s technical training programme.
The Score management team are fully behind the volunteers and as a result have signed an Armed Forces Covenant in support of its staff and the MOD.
Conrad Ritchie, managing director Score (Europe) Ltd, said: “There are some clear parallels between our training programmes and that of the Army Reserves especially the connections with the REME(Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers).
“We will support any staff member volunteering with the Armed Forces reserves and will be flexible regarding these commitments.
“We welcome the additional opportunities and experiences this project can bring to our employees , all of which will help them grow. We are proud of their positive reaction.”
Lt Colonel Gordon Mackenzie said: “We are delighted to have secured the support of such an influential North East employer as Score Group.
“In signing the Armed Forces Covenant, Score has not only expressed its support for the defence of the nation, it has recognised the benefits of the training to build confidence, teamwork, and problem-solving its employees will get if they join the Reserves or Cadets. I am sure this strategic partnership will help us increase our profile in the Peterhead area and bring more opportunities to the area.”