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Amey partners with OU to help disabled veterans

Amey partners with OU to help disabled veterans


17 Apr, 2020

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.

Says Craig McGilvray, Amey’s managing director, secure infrastructure, ‘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 to the business, such as leadership, and problem-solving and communication skills. 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 continues, ‘It is a privilege to welcome Amey to the OU family as funders to the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund. Its support brings not only vital funding but also invaluable experience and expertise to enhance the employability prospects of our disabled veterans.’

Apply for the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund

Applications close at midnight on 30 June 2020. Scholars will be chosen at random from a draw of all eligible applications. Click here to find out more.
In order to qualify for the scheme, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • be starting OU study for the first time in the 2020/2021 academic year
  • be eligible for a UK fee
  • be disabled as a result of, or in, military service
  • be intending to study an OU module for which some or all of the tuition fees will be charged to the applicant.

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. Its 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.

For further information please click here

About the Open University

The Open University (OU) is the largest academic institution in the UK and a world leader in flexible distance learning. The university was founded with a clear purpose: to open up education to all. More than 70% of students are in full- or part-time employment.

Key facts about Amey 

Amey, with a turnover of £2.2bn, employs 17,000 people internationally with a focus on the UK, but with businesses in Australia and America. Our aim is to make the world a better place to live, work and travel – designing, building, maintaining and investing in the UK’s services and infrastructure in partnership with our clients. This means keeping core services running smoothly across the country: utilities, transport, engineering, justice, defence, environmental and waste services, and facilities management. These are underpinned by our leading consulting and asset management capabilities, which allow us to offer standalone or integrated service solutions to a range of clients. 

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