21 Nov 2018

Crest Nicholson signs Armed Forces Covenant

Crest Nicholson has become the latest company to show its support for members of the Armed Forces and their families by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

The agreement will see the developer offer those that are leaving, or who have left the military, an opportunity to build a career in the housebuilding sector through a dedicated training scheme.

The Covenant was signed by Patrick Bergin, CEO of Crest Nicholson, and Lt Col Paddy Baines MBE on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.

Speaking at the event, Patrick Bergin commented: “As a nation, we owe a great deal to our Armed Forces and it is particularly pertinent at this time of year to reaffirm our commitment to them.

“Currently, we have a number of employees across our business who have been involved with, or touched by, the Armed Forces. They bring a wealth of transferable skills, experience and values to their roles thanks to the world-class training they have received during their time with the military and we recognise the valuable contribution they can make to our business. It gives me great pride to sign the Armed Forces Covenant today and to formalise our ongoing commitment to supporting these men and women.”

Crest Nicholson hosted the signing event at its Arborfield Green development, which is being delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Defence on the site of the former Arborfield Garrison.

Once complete, Arborfield Green will form a Garden Village of 2,000 homes with two schools, a new village centre and large areas of open space and parks.

Over 20 attendees joined to watch the Covenant’s signing, including representatives from across the Crest Nicholson business.

Lieutenant Colonel Baines added: ”The Armed Forces Covenant relies on the people, communities, and businesses of the UK to actively support it and make a difference.  Clearly Crest Nicholson PLC already recognise the benefits of engaging with defence particularly in the employment of skilled service leavers and we look forward to furthering our mutually beneficial relationship.”

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