Opencast has formalised its close relationship with the UK’s armed forces community.
The company has signed the Ministry of Defence-backed Armed Forces Covenant, confirming its commitment to serving military personnel, former servicemen and women and reservists.
In a signing ceremony at 101 (Northumbrian) Regiment’s Napier Armoury in Gateshead last week, Opencast’s chief people officer Cate Kalson and client relationship director Richard Handley joined army top brass from the region, including honorary colonel Ammar Mirza CBE, alongside other army representatives.
As well as signing the covenant, this summer Opencast was recognised by the government-backed Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), acknowledging businesses that "have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.”
The three-tier ERS approach of bronze, silver and gold awards recognises the levels of commitment to the covenant pledges and beyond provided by employers – and allows the MoD publicly to thank and honour those businesses for their support.