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IWFM Signs Armed Forces Covenant

IWFM Signs Armed Forces Covenant
14 November 2023
 

The Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management has announced that it is now a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant.

This news comes after IWFM established the Veterans in FM network in June 2023, a new community to support members who have served in the armed forces, and to promote facilities management as a career of choice for current and former servicepeople.

By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, IWFM commits to treat those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces with fairness. Welcoming the announcement, Chair of the Veterans in FM Network, Louisa Clarke, said “At IWFM, we recognise the massive contribution that active servicepeople and veterans have made to our country. We feel it’s vital to support the community, their families and always stand up for their interests. As a reflection of that, we are proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and launch initiatives to truly live up to this commitment.

“We view active servicepeople and veterans as a rich pool of talent for workplace and facilities management; selfless, dedicated and detail-orientated are just some of the qualities we see on a day-to-day basis. At the same time, we’re keen to promote the profession as a career of choice for active and former servicepeople as they transition to civilian life.

“With a range of job roles available, many opportunities to upskill and reskill and the ability to draw on prior professional experience, we hope to benefit current and former servicepeople while enhancing the sector.” 

CEO Linda Hausmanis added: “Today marks a special occasion for IWFM. After the nation paid tribute to the veterans community on Remembrance Day, we’re proud to demonstrate our commitment to current and active servicepeople, and their families, for the time to come. Having recently established the Veterans in FM network, we’re continually looking for new ways to empower the veterans community, primarily by creating career paths in workplace and facilities management.

“We want to ensure the sector is welcoming, supportive and makes best use of veterans’ talents and work ethic. Concurrently, we can show veterans the rich opportunities that are available in the sector and offer them the resources they need to prosper.”

Picture: a photograph of two royal electrical and mechanical engineer vehicle mechanics standing in front of a  utility vehicle at Old Carter Barracks, Bulford. Image Credit: ©UK MOD Crown Copyright 2022. License link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/crown-copyright-mod-news-licence/mod-crown-copyright-news-editorial-licence

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 14 November 2023

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