At a ceremony at the college’s Brinsbury campus on Friday 17 March, college Principal Shelagh Legrave OBE signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Lieutenant Colonel Andy Betts, Commander of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, and Brendan Williams, Chief Executive of military charity Building Heroes.
The covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served – and their families – are treated fairly.
In signing up, the college demonstrates that it recognises the value of serving personnel, veterans, reservists and military families and has vowed to be Armed Forces-friendly. That involves everything from helping veterans – of all ages – gain education and training as well as employment to supporting staff who are reservists.
The college currently works closely with the Armed Forces in a number of ways, including running an Army cadet group at the Chichester campus.
It also works with Building Heroes, an Armed Forces charity based in West Sussex, to provide training for military veterans – helping them to pursue new careers in the construction industry.