The first Pertemps Armed Forces Covenant Award was handed out in Leicester recently. 

Pertemps have introduced an innovative new scheme to recognise people within the business who go the extra mile to support the Forces community.

The first Pertemps Armed Forces Covenant Award was presented to Leicester Industrial Branch Manager, Anthony Baston, for his hard work and dedication to finding ex-Army and reservists jobs in the civilian world.

Pertemps has always invested in finding ex-Army opportunities, so much so we have earned Gold Award status from the MoD.

Forces Liaison Manager Darren Knight surprised Anthony and his team to let them know they are the first branch to receive the honour.

Anthony said: “This morning we had a big surprise when Major Darren Knight attended our new office to tell us that we had received the first annual award for supporting the armed services. This obviously came as a massive shock to us all, but as a branch we’re really pleased to have been able to be a part of a fantastic project.”

The Leicester team were praised for their work getting ex-Army into driver jobs, particularly with candidate Lee Sanger. Lee visited the Leicester branch as an ex-soldier suffering from PTSD.

Anthony said: “We’d been informed of Lee’s difficulties and that he had been out of work for some time due to his condition. Through working with Forces Liaison Coordinator Rebecca Thorn and Darren Knight, we were able to give him an opportunity in a van driving role, for one day.

“Over time this was increased to the point where Lee is now working three or four days a week and through charitable funding, he will be upskilled to working as a class 2 driver in the coming months.”

This award not only gives branches the recognition they deserve, but also highlights what Pertemps does as a whole to support the Forces Community.

Congratulations to Anthony and his team!

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