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Essential Site Skills – Supporting the Armed Forces

Posted on Thursday, 7th February 2019

Essential Site Skills – Supporting the Armed Forces

Essential Site Skills received some great news recently, one of our founding directors is a finalist in the 2019 British Ex-Forces in Business Awards! Here at ESS, we are all proud supporters of the armed forces and current/ex-service personnel; we support the armed forces in a couple of ways, read on to find out more.

2019 British Ex-Forces in Business AwardsStuart Goldsmith

We recently received news that one of our founding Directors, Stuart Goodman, is a finalist at the Ex-Forces in Business Awards. Stuart is up for the coveted Business Leader of the Year award.

The British Ex-Forces in Business Awards is a huge celebration of and recognition of ex-military personnel in the UK workforce, and the employers that support current and former members of the British armed forces. We will be off to the dazzling award ceremony on May 8th at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

One of the founding members of Essential Site Skills, Stuart's role as Operations Director is to ensure strategic and business objectives, as well as the values of Essential Site Skills, are put into practice. The award he is up for, asked for a leader who has demonstrated outstanding business leadership in the last 18 months. To decide on the winner, the judges will look at the progress and growth of the Essential Site Skills and how Stuart has contributed to that success, through leadership and individual achievements.

We have a history of ex-forces in our company winning awards; in 2017, Training and Consultancy Director, Darren O'Neill won Service Leaver of the Year award at BSI Resettlement Awards.

Both Stuart and Darren are passionate about the services we offer and helping more ex-personnel get into the construction industry. Let’s hope the winning streak continues and Stuart collects an award in May!

Supporting Ex-Forces Personnel

As a business which employs many ex-forces personnel, getting ex-forces into good employment is a subject close to our hearts and something we feel strongly about. It is essential that people leaving services find the right support and training in order to build a new career. Many of our own team, once served our country and we want to keep creating employment opportunities both here and in other industries. 

We are passionate in particular about encouraging more ex-forces into the construction industry. One of the ways we support this is by working with ELCAS and their funding scheme. The MOD's ELC (Enhanced Learning Credits) scheme promotes lifelong learning amongst ex and current serving members of the Armed Forces and provides financial support that can be used by ex-forces to enhance their career and job prospects when they leave or have left the military.

We are proud to be an approved ELCAS training provider able to offer ex-forces personnel, eligible under the scheme, funding for NVQs. Get in touch with us for more details.

Image shows Armed Forces in action.

Armed Forces Covenant

To further demonstrate our commitment to helping ex-forces personnel, we have signed the Armed Forces Covenant. This is a register of all the businesses, councils, and organisations in the UK who actively promote the welfare of both serving and ex-forces – and their families.

We pledged to support all ex-forces by promoting Armed Forces Day, whilst working to bridge the gap between the construction industry and the forces community, either by providing training opportunities, NVQs or signposting.

Get in Touch

If you are ex-forces and interested in training, working for Essential Site Skills, or the funding options we have for ex-personnel in the construction industry, please get in touch.