5th February 2019 - UK military bridge manufacturer, WFEL, is delighted to announce that it has been awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze Award, which acknowledges WFEL’s support to Defence and the wider Armed Forces community.
In 2018, WFEL signed the Armed Forces Covenant, affirming its pledge to uphold the Covenant. This is a promise by the nation, enshrined in UK law, to those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, that they are treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.
WFEL demonstrates its support through a number of initiatives, such as employing former service personnel and also reservists who continue to serve their country, as well as actively supporting Armed Forces charities such as Combat Stress.
The Bronze Award, signed by both Gavin Williamson, UK Secretary of State for Defence and General Sir Nicholas Carter, Chief of the Defence Staff, was presented to WFEL’s Managing Director, Ian Anderton, during a ceremony at WFEL’s military bridging manufacturing facility in Cheshire.
On receiving the award from Major Anthony Turner of Army Headquarters North West, WFEL’s Managing Director, Ian Anderton, said, “It is hugely beneficial to have in the WFEL team former military personnel with extensive knowledge and experience of using our rapidly deployable bridges during their military life. We are delighted that our commitment to supporting the armed forces has been recognised with this Bronze Award and we are extremely proud to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant.”
Geoff Nuzum, Regional Employer Engagement Director at the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA), added: “On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are delighted to present WFEL with an Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award. There is much to be gained on both sides from a partnership with Defence and the commitment from WFEL is a testament to that. We look forward to further opportunities to collaborate in the future.”
WFEL is an established world leader in the design, manufacture and supply of rapidly-deployable tactical military bridging, supplying over 600 bridges to 40 armed forces around the globe for over four decades. Tracing its roots as a defence engineering business back to 1915, it has been designing and manufacturing tactical military bridges in Stockport, England since the 1970s.
As a Prime Contractor to the US Department of Defense and the UK Ministry of Defence, WFEL’s bridging systems have been used by coalition forces on operations worldwide and in civilian aid operations in disaster zones around the world.
For further information please contact:
Angela Slattery, WFEL Ltd
Tel +44 (0) 7725 372475
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