Chichester College has committed to supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families.
At a ceremony at the college’s Brinsbury campus on Friday (17 March), college Principal Shelagh Legrave OBE signed the Armed Forces Covenant alongside Lieutenant Colonel Andy Betts, Commander of the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment, and Brendan Williams, Chief Executive of military charity Building Heroes.
The covenant represents a promise by the nation that those who serve or have served – and their families – are treated fairly.
In signing up, the college demonstrates that it recognises the value of serving personnel, veterans, reservists and military families and has vowed to be Armed Forces-friendly. That involves everything from helping veterans – of all ages – gain education and training as well as employment to supporting staff who are reservists.
The college currently works closely with the Armed Forces in a number of ways, including running an Army cadet group at the Chichester campus.
It also works with Building Heroes, an Armed Forces charity based in West Sussex, to provide training for military veterans – helping them to pursue new careers in the construction industry.
Shelagh, who herself served in the Army, said: “We are proud to sign the covenant and to strengthen the relationship we already have with the Armed Forces. It is extremely important to me, and to the college, that our veterans have the opportunity to get the education and support they need to gain a career after they have left the military. Through our Public Services courses, we are helping young people start their journey into the services. We also actively support our staff to serve as reservists, working with them to enable them to attend training camps and spend time on detachment. We owe a lot to our military and it is our honour to champion our servicemen and women – past, present and future.”