The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has signed an Armed Forces Covenant, pledging its commitment to advocate for recruitment and retention of ex-military personnel across automotive industry. The pledge commits SMMT to promoting best practice, fostering a culture and ethos of inclusivity, and making the commercial case for automotive companies to also sign up to the Covenant.
The signing reaffirms the work done through Mission Automotive, an initiative dedicated to placing ex-servicemen and women in jobs across the sector, set up in partnership with the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the forces’ charity Mission Motorsport, and supported by the Ministry of Defence.
SMMT has helped members create tailored engagement programs, guiding and aligning their interactions with the Armed Forces community across brand, corporate and HR areas to support their own business strategies. Some 55 SMMT member companies already work with the armed forces community, employing veterans, service leavers and their spouses across all parts of the automotive supply chain, from cars to commercial vehicles, across design, manufacturing, repair and through to retail and logistics.
Mission Automotive is already working to place personnel with highly relevant skills in the UK automotive industry. Companies that want to find out more can visit the website www.missionautomotive.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information, and an induction pack.