The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has formalised its commitment to being a forces-friendly organisation by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant. Lt Col Richard Jones and the Trust’s Director of Human Resources Becky Cund signed the Covenant this week (7 November 2017) at The Shakespeare Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon.
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or who have served, and their families, are treated fairly. The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has pledged to support the employment of Service Leavers, working with the Career Transition Service to offer apprenticeship, job and volunteering opportunities, and assistance with applications and interview techniques. It will offer flexible working and leave arrangements to Service spouses and partners and to employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces, to accommodate their deployment. Local cadet units will be supported with skills talks and offered available places on training courses for free. Members of the Armed Forces Community will receive a 30% discount on tickets to visit the five Shakespeare Family Homes in the care of the Trust.
Becky Cund said, “Being part of the community in which we operate is vital to our work as the charity which cares for the world’s greatest Shakespeare heritage sites and collections here in Stratford-upon-Avon. We recognise the real value the Armed Services Community can bring to our work, both as employees who bring a wealth of skills and experience, and as customers. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship, working closely with the team at Kineton Barracks in particular.”
Lt Col Richard Jones said, “The Army in the Midlands is delighted to sign this Covenant and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s commitment to support military personnel and their families. We hope that some of our Service leavers will take advantage of the Trust’s promise to help them find employment. And I am sure that many of our personnel and families will take up the generous ticket discount to visit Shakespeare’s family homes.
“We try to use the arts and literature as a platform for engaging with people who may not know about all the opportunities that the Army offers. Hopefully this link with England’s greatest writer will go some way towards achieving this goal.”
Business and community leaders including the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon Victoria Alcock, the Head of Local Policing Alex Franklin Smith, and representatives of local reservists groups, the RAF, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal British Legion, attended the event, which included a briefing on opportunities for employers and reserve personnel.
Picture caption: The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has become a forces-friendly organisation by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant. Picture shows (l-r): Kineton Station Commander Lt Col Wayne A Davidson RLC, Becky Cund, Director of Human Resources at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust; Victoria Alcock, Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon; Lt Col Richard Jones; Wg Cdr Paul Bell, Officer Commanding 605 (County of Warwick) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force.