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Armed Forces Covenant Gold for Ringway Jacobs

Mike O'Neill

Highways services provider picks up prestigious award in UK Defence Employer Recognition Scheme 

RINGWAY Jacobs, one of the UK’s leading highways services providers, have achieved a Gold Award in the UK Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their commitment to supporting the armed forces Community.

Established in 2005 specifically to provide road network management solutions to local government, Ringway Jacobs maintain almost 10,000 miles of road network across their five contracts: Central Bedfordshire Council Highways, Cheshire East Highways, Essex Highways, London Highways Alliance (LoHAC) and Transport for Buckinghamshire.

The organization employs a number of forces veterans and recognizes the value they, reservists and military families bring to the UK highways industry.

Mike O’Neill (pictured), managing director of Ringway Jacobs, said: ‘We are very proud to have achieved the Gold award in recognition of our commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

‘As a business we firmly believe that it is important to recognize the sacrifices that member of our armed forces and their families have made to maintain peace for our society, and as such it is only right that we give them support wherever we can.’

To win the award, organizations must demonstrate that supportive policies are in place for veterans, reserves, cadet force adult volunteers and spouses and partners of those serving in the armed forces.

They also need to advocate the benefits of supporting those within the armed forces community, encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

Ringway Jacobs actively work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the MoD’s official provider of resettlement, allowing those leaving the military the ability to undertake training courses that help them transition into work after the armed forces.

David Bonehill, head of fleet and plant at Ringway Jacobs, said: ‘It is a great achievement to be awarded the Gold standard of the Armed Forces Covenant Awards. After serving almost 25 years in Royal Artillery…, I can honestly say that after leaving the Army in 2010…, the support Ringway Jacobs have given me in the last three years has been second to none.

‘This is a company that is one hundred per cent behind our armed forces. Thank you to managing director Mike O’Neill and operations director Andy Denman for your continued support to our ex-forces and those serving in the armed forces reserves.’

Ringway Jacobs continue to attract and support forces veterans from the Royal Navy, Army, Royal Air Force and Marines and provide work that benefits from their transferable skills, work ethic and values they bring to the company.

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