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Friday, 29 August 2014

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BAE Systems Barrow employees get behind armed forces day

Employees at BAE Systems in Barrow are showing their appreciation and support for armed forces personnel during Armed Forces Week, June 23 – 29 2014.

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BAE employees who are ex-armed forces or serving reservists. From L-R, Gary Caldwell (kneeling), Elliott Allan, Vickie Caldwell, Chris Wear, Bruce Dorrian-Clark, and, Steve Singleton (kneeling).

In the build up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 28 Systems Submarines are being encouraged to take part in a week of fundraising activities to celebrate the armed forces community and acknowledge the many reservists, veterans and ex-service personnel who work in Barrow’s shipyard.

Employees will be kitted out with flags and bunting to host fundraising ‘office parties’ in support of the Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen’s Families Association. They will also be encouraged to take part in Uniform to Work Day on Wednesday June 25 their ‘civvies’ at home, instead donning their forces uniform to wear to work.

Michelle Knott, Corporate Responsibility Advisor at BAE Systems Submarines said: “We are incredibly proud to support National Armed Forces Day. It offers us a chance to honour the armed forces community that our business works to protect, and recognise our employees that despite holding regular, civilian jobs with BAE Systems also serve on operations.”

Many employees say their ex-services background attracted them to BAE Systems. Bruce Dorrian-Clark served in the army for 22 years and became a reservist when he left in 2011.

Since then, he’s worked in Information Security for Submarines. He said: “My decision to work for BAE Systems was influenced by my experience of working alongside BAE Systems’ engineers when I was an Avionics Technician. They were some of the most professional and skilful engineers I’ve ever met.”

Gary Caldwell is a Principle Project Engineer working on the Successor programme. Before joining BAE Systems he served in the RAF for 21 years. He said: “Leaving the RAF was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Knowing that BAE Systems has such an affiliation with the armed forces was a key factor in attracting me to the company - it means I still get to play a part in our nation’s protection.”

In addition to the activities at the Submarines site, BAE Systems donates more than £3 million annually in support of armed forces charities, events and heritage activities across the UK and is a sponsor of the showcase 2014 Armed Forces Day event on Saturday, 28 June in Stirling, Scotland.

BAE Systems was also the first defence company to sign the Corporate Covenant in September 2013. This special pledge commits BAE Systems to ensuring that no member of the armed forces community faces disadvantage; to recognise that special treatment for the injured or bereaved may be required; and to seek to employ veterans and Service spouses and partners.

It also commits the Company to giving employees who are reservists two weeks’ paid leave every year to train.

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