ERS salutes Priority Freight’s commitment to ex-forces personnel
Priority Freight has experienced first-hand how specific skills from life in the military can be transferred across to the control centres of a time-critical logistics provider. At present, Priority Freight has a number of ex-military personnel throughout their organisation, from site officers to logistics team leaders and operational supervisors. Last year, this link was strengthened by receiving the bronze award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employee Recognition Scheme (ERS).
Through the bronze level of the award, Priority Freight has had the ability to post job vacancies direct to soon-to-be service leavers on the ‘career transition partnership portal’.
Since then, Priority Freight has worked tirelessly to continue this commitment and support. The company has decided to go even further and support reservists, as well as leavers. Priority Freight has introduced a reservists policy which supports the employment of those in the reserve forces, whilst allowing individuals the leave required for training and other activities. Priority Freight is proud to announce that this year it has been awarded the silver ERS award.
Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 ERS silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, said, “I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s ERS silver awards. A silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the armed forces community. The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our reservists, veterans, wounded, injured and sick, and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the armed forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
Neal Williams, Group Managing Director at Priority Freight, commented, “Though we didn’t purposely set out to employ those from a military background, the obvious transferable skills and success of our ex-military employees has encouraged us to make this a focus.
“Our military organisations give so much for us all; we’re proud to be able to support our ex-service personnel and reservists and ensure their transition back into employment is as smooth as possible. The silver ERS award is a mark of the commitment we have to the military and we aim to continue improving on this.”
Newest to the company, Brian Gutierrez, joined Priority Freight this year after studying for a MSc degree in Logistics at the University of Kent. Before studying, Brian spent four years in the US Air Force as an Armament Specialist and Operations Controller, which took him to Greece, the Czech Republic and Abu Dhabi. When discussing his background, Brian says, “As an operations controller in the US Air Force, I was responsible for both data monitoring and customer solutions. It was in this role that I realised the significance of the logistics industry and the opportunities it held.
“The skills I developed during my time in the US Air Force has well-equipped me for a position within the expedited logistics industry, where there are always opportunities to
learn and grow. I never expected to find such a diverse, dynamic and exciting place to work as Priority Freight. I’m excited for my future at the company.”
The ERS recognises commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel. More information of the awarded organisations for 2018 can be found on the Government website.