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firm’s award for supporting military spouses
3:50pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
A CORSHAM healthcare company has been recognised for its work with the partners of military personnel.
Bath ASU, which supplies medical services across the South West, was given the Business and Employment Charter Award by social enterprise Recruit for Spouses last month.
The award was presented by North Wiltshire MP James Gray last month at the firm’s headquarters on the Fiveways trading estate.
Recruit for Spouses is a non-profit initiative founded in 2009 by soldier’s wife Heledd Kendrick, which aims to encourage employers to hire the partners of serving military personnel.
The nature of military life often means service personnel are posted to different locations, which has an impact on their partner’s careers as they in turn move around the country, a notion which RFS, run by a group wives of servicemen, looks to challenge.
Maria Connolly, director of quality assurance at Bath ASU, said: “When I heard a piece on the radio about the work of Recruit for Spouses I was keen for Bath ASU to support the initiative locally – particularly given the large military presence here in Corsham.
“We’ve given RFS help in setting up their IT systems and providing laptop computers. In addition, our HR team has been helping to establish links with HR directors in other local businesses and is organising a networking evening.”
Mrs Kendrick said: “The support we’ve received from Bath ASU has proved invaluable in Recruit for Spouses’ objective to change the minds and assumptions of military spouses by some employers.
“Day after day, we meet too many military spouses who are being discriminated against.”
For details, visit www.recruitforspouses.co.uk
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