Amey partners with The Open University to help disabled veterans

Tottie Faragher, Senior Media & External Affairs Manager
08 April 2020
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Amey is proud to have further strengthened links with the Armed Forces by partnering with The Open University (OU) to support its Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund (DVSF). The scheme provides education and specialist, tailored support to disabled individuals injured in or due to military service and helps them to forge new careers in the civilian world.

Craig McGilvray, Amey’s Managing Director, Secure Infrastructure, said, We already actively support similar schemes run by SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, BuildForce, the construction led recruitment programme and Women in Defence, and we’re delighted to add this to our portfolio. We pride ourselves in supporting our military community through the work we do within our Defence contracts and we’re keen to extend this to help individuals reach their full potential once they leave the Services”.

Around 9% of employees in Amey’s Defence contracts have a military connection and each one brings numerous skills into the business such as leadership, problem solving and communication. Leaving the Forces can be daunting, with 44% of disabled veterans finding it difficult to secure employment after serving. Amey aims to support those who are undertaking OU courses by offering placements, mentoring and employment opportunities within the business and has also committed to providing financial support to individuals throughout their learning journey.

Jhumar Johnson, Director of Development at The Open University said “It is a privilege to welcome Amey to the OU family as funders to The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund. Their support brings not only vital funding but also invaluable experience and expertise to enhance the employability prospects of our disabled Veterans”.

Amey has strong ties to the Armed Forces and currently delivers the MOD’s four Regional Prime contracts and the National Housing Prime contract, providing a range of military infrastructure and housing services on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), as well as providing FM services to MOD Whitehall and construction and engineering equipment for military operations across the world through the ALC contract.

Amey is also signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Winner. Amey’s employees and supply chain partners have raised almost £250,000 for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, and plan to take part in a range of activities to mark this year’s Armed Forces Day.

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