ITI’s support for Reservists and former Armed Forces staff

ITIs support for Reservists and former Armed Forces staff

ITI has long recognised that current and former Armed Forces staff offer significant expertise, commitment and transferable skills to our business and help us provide an exceptional service to customers.

For many years we’ve embedded support for ex-Forces staff and for current Reservists into our business’ employment policies and working practices.

ITI are proud signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant, which you can view here

Many of ITI’s communications engineers are ex-forces. ITI Project Manager, Gary Kitchen, says “They all have highly transferable skills and experience. Ex Royal Engineers and Signals engineers can adapt, learn and apply their expertise to a commercial setting. They’ve got the combination of practical, hands-on ability and strategic nous.” That’s not to rule our other arms of the Armed Forces with equally adaptable skill sets.

Dave Newton, ITI’s commercial director, was in the forces for five years serving with Royal Engineers.

Newton says that “in light of the dramatic changes in the regular army, whose numbers are expected to reduce to 80,000, Reservists are even more important than ever before.

“The MoD wants to have a fully integrated professional Army Reserve working alongside regular troops at home and on operations abroad. Recent years have seen a commitment from Government to increase numbers of Reservists. If this aspiration is to be achieved it’s clear that employers need to offer a supportive and flexible environment for reservists.”

Our business has been applauded for our flexible working practices and positive support for Reservists, who in addition to being employees also train in the Navy, Army or RAF Reserves.

We have adopted a Reserve Forces Training & Mobilisation Policy setting out our commitment to Reservists.
 

On 1 August 2018 ITI was named one of just 50 organisations in the UK to be awarded the Ministry of Defence's Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award for our work in supporting the military community.

In 2016 ITI was awarded the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award, showing that ITI is one of the country’s leading employers of Reservists.

We maintain strong links with the links with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), the MoD's official provider of Armed Forces Resettlement, and the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and The Humber.

If you’re interested, you can the find out more about the work of Reservists on the Army Reserve website.

ITI supported National Reserves Day on 21 June 2017 and Annual Armed Forces Day on 24 June 2017, part of the Annual Armed Forces Week, and will support Armed Forces Day 2018 on 30 June.

You can read about some of our team members who are ex-Forces or are current Reservists below:

- Robert Wilson

- Mark Glasby
- Dave Newton
- Rob Thompson

Recruitment

As wireless, telecommunications and network specialists, ITI has deployed networks at many MoD sites, as well for some of the UK’s leading financial institutions, rail networks and operators, airports and into arenas, exhibition and sporting venues.

We recruit network engineers for employee and contracting roles and advertise roles on our website and through our Armed Forces links. We also welcome speculative applications from Forces leavers and Reservist who feel their skills and experience could benefit ITI.

Please contact Michael Quirk, Group Operations Manager in confidence for an informal chat if you are interested in working with ITI.

                                                    

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