As a council we recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces community, and the unique skills and attributes they bring to our workplace. We are proud to have signed both the Community Covenant and Corporate Covenant. This short clip provides an overview of the Covenant and its importance. Or you can read a case study here.
Alongside the work we are undertaking to strengthen delivery of the Community Covenant across the Solent, we are committed to ensuring better access to employment opportunities, support, mentoring, and work placements for transitioning personnel, reservists, veterans, and spouses/civil partners of those serving personnel and veterans.
Southampton City Council have Elected Councillor Armed Forces Champions - Councillor David Fuller and Councillor Marley Guthrie. We also have an Armed Forces Community Lead officer – Jason Murphy. Pete Duffill is the Armed Forces Community Engagement officer and acts as a central point of liaison offering help, advice and signposting - Email Pete Duffill.
We are members of the Defence Employers Recognition Scheme and have developed a range of supportive measures including:
- A Special leave policy that supports reservists to undertake required training without sacrificing their annual leave
- An enhanced civilian work attachment/experience pathway for members of the armed forces community
- An induction process that ensures that all new council employees are aware of the Armed Forces Covenant and the key commitments we are working to uphold
You can find out more information via the Southampton Armed Forces Community Covenant document and visit our information and support for the armed forces community page.
The armed forces community, includes existing or prospective staff who are armed forces veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors, military spouses/partners and reservists.
We advertise our vacancies with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP)
Armed Forces personnel, Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces Community are also entitled to apply for a Defence Privilege Card which can be used in stores, restaurants and venues to obtain armed forces discounts. More information can be found on the Defence Discount Service website.