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Halfords Group signs Armed Forces Covenant

Halfords Group signs Armed Forces Covenant


15 Feb, 2019

Halfords Retail and Autocentres pledge to support career opportunities for Service leavers …

Halfords Group has signed the government’s Armed Forces Covenant as it launches a range of measures to support Service leavers and Veterans, helping them access training and careers in Halfords Retail and Autocentres.

The initiative was launched jointly with the MoD and will result in greater support for those leaving the Armed Forces, as well as Reservists, to help recruit them into one of the 200 current full- and part-time career opportunities at Halfords Group, across shops, Autocentres and its support centre. 

As part of the Covenant, Halfords Retail and Autocentres will offer guaranteed interviews to Service leavers for all roles (depending on candidates meeting the minimum requirements for the role) to help with what can be a difficult transition to civilian life. Halfords Group will also support Service leavers by recruiting through the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), offering guaranteed placement into the interview process, and ten days’ additional unpaid leave for Reservists, as well as a range of offers for those serving in the Armed Forces. 

Adam Smith (pictured), centre manager at Halfords Autocentre Peterborough, joined the Forces aged 16, rising to become a Scimitar tank commander. He left the Army in 2013 and his level 2 mechanic training (gained while serving) helped him secure his role with Halfords. ‘I’ve got a really good team here at Halfords and we all look out for each other as we did in the Army. When I was with the regiment I had to take responsibility for my colleagues, who all depended on each other to succeed, and it is the same here.

‘In the Army you have to have the mind-set of being able to solve problems as part of a team, which is really useful in this role. I think it’s great Halfords is stepping up to support the Forces and I think more companies should do it.’

Graham Stapleton, CEO for Halfords Group, says: ‘We are really proud to sign the Armed Forces Covenant to help people leaving the Services find new careers and gain training with Halfords Retail and Autocentres. This initiative is completely win-win, allowing our business to access a pool of potential colleagues with fantastic transferable skills and helping Service leavers build new careers with Halfords.’ 

Major General William O’Leary, Deputy Commander Field Army, on behalf of the MoD, adds: ‘Having Halfords Group sign our Armed Forces Covenant is a fantastic boost to the scheme and shows that there are excellent career opportunities for Service leavers and Reservists.’

Halfords is a Sunday Times Best Big Company to Work For, employing more than 10,000 colleagues across 400 Halfords stores and at 300-plus Halfords Autocentres. There are currently more than 200 full- and part-time career opportunities across Halfords Group.

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