Magtec signs the Armed Forces Covenant to help support veterans and their families!

Magtec has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, a voluntary pledge to recognise the contribution that service personnel and their families make to the company, community and country.

Magtec employs a number of veterans including former members of the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy and is a supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The covenant is a promise from the nation ensuring those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly.

Magtec achieved the bronze award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same.

Andrew Sloan, engineering director at Magtec and a former senior engineer in the Royal Navy submarine service, said: “We are proud to support those who served our nation and help them transfer their valuable skills to rewarding roles in our fast-growing business.
“We believe employers have a social responsibility to recognise the unique obligations of, and sacrifices made by, members of the armed forces.”

Veterans at Magtec include Matthew Kasprzycki, a senior programme manager who served in the Army Air Corps for 12 years as an aviation crewman and air door-gunner.

He said: “Veterans offer a wealth of valuable talents to civilian life. I have a different function at Magtec to my military role, but I use the same skills I gained in the British Army in my daily work.

“We receive training on how to lead and make important decisions under pressure, as well as how to manage teams efficiently and inspire and motivate others.

“Veterans are renowned for their strong sense of integrity, ethics, and professionalism. They are also noted for their leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and good communication skills.”

Dave Mitchell, an analysis engineer, served in the RAF for nearly two decades and worked as a technician on vehicles including 25-tonne cranes, Land Rovers and aircraft refuellers.

He said: “Often working in uncomfortable and hostile environments without access to workshops and welfare facilities, I had to think on my feet and just get on with things.

“This helped me to develop the positive work ethic, close-knit team working and problem solving skills I bring to my civilian role.”

Adam Ward-Ghous, a test engineer, served as an electrical technician in the RAF and worked on the maintenance and repair of Nimrod submarine hunter aircraft and Chinook helicopter electrical systems.

He said: “Most of the technical skills I learned in the RAF are directly transferable to my job today. Fixing aircraft isn’t so different to fixing trains, lorries or test rigs.

“There are many fantastic opportunities available in the forces and I had a lot of fun but it’s hardships that force those who sign up to develop the ‘can-do’ attitude that puts their team’s needs above their own.

“They have a willingness to take on whatever is thrown their way without complaint and to make the best of it.”

For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant, please visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk.