Devon-based business Supacat have re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, four years after initially pledging their support to the Armed Forces Community. The company decided to re-sign after looking at their initial pledges and realising that they do so much more.
Supacat’s new commitments to the Armed Forces include:
- Recognising the skills and experience of veterans and utilising them in various leadership or technical roles.
- Enabling employees who are active in the Reserve to attend training commitments and provide additional paid leave periods as stated in the staff handbook.
- Offering our continued support to our local cadet units including support for Ten Tors, and an engineering open day for the local schools and colleges where possible.
- Actively participate in Armed Forces Day with the provision of military vehicles and reservists where possible.
- Adopting a flexible and sympathetic approach to requests of leave from employees before and after operational deployments.
- Promoting the Armed Forces Para Snow Sports Team (AFPST) with technical and financial support.
- Promoting and supporting the Army through Team Army/Ethos with financial and networking support.
- Striving to support 6th Battalion The Rifles recruiting, CTCRM, other local units and local service charities at exhibitions and shows throughout the West Country.
The covenant was signed by the Head of Supacat, Phil Applegarth, who following a career in the Regular Army is now a Reservist with 6RIFLES, and Commander South West, Colonel Andrew Dawes, at Okehampton Camp Devon. This was during an Employer Event at the 2018 Ten Tors.
Following the signing all employers and hosts were flown to one of the final Tors in this years event, Okement Hill, in a Royal Navy Merlin Helicopter. There was an opportunity to talk to some of the young people passing through the checkpoint before lunch was served.
During the meal Phil Applegarth spoke about Supacat’s commitment to the Armed Forces Community and the reasons that the company had decided to re-sign.