Sodexo has worked with the British military for over 30 years delivering services to support the entire armed forces community from serving personnel, their families, veterans, reservists, and cadets. Sodexo was an early signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant. Part of its commitment is the continual support in the employment of ex-armed forces personnel and their families as well as those employees which are members of the reserves.
To build on this Sodexo has announced its intention to develop and launch an employee network specifically aimed at employees with a military background, and/or are reservists. The network will initially launch within Sodexo’s Government and Agencies business which currently hold a number of key military contracts, but once established will extend to relevant employees from across its business.
The aim of the network will be to create a forum for employees to share their experiences as well as provide advice and support for new recruits so that Sodexo becomes known as an employer of choice for those leaving military life or are part of, or interested in joining, the reserves. As part of Sodexo’s ‘public service pledge’, a target has been set to employ 200 ex-service personnel, which Sodexo achieved with 203 employed. Sodexo is proud to support and provide employment opportunities at every level to those leaving the military. Oliver Smith, centre manager, defence, Sodexo UK and Ireland, who was a Royal Navy chef serving on multiple ships, said: “After spending five years with the Royal Navy taking up a role in the FM industry has been an easy transition. The industry offers similar structured processes and a clear leadership vison much like the armed forces, and working on an MOD site feels like coming home after working in various restaurants on the high street before joining Sodexo.”