In 2013 National Express delivered a wide-ranging package of support for the military, a commitment which was showcased when we were selected as the inaugural company to sign the government's new Corporate Covenant. This is a ground-breaking pledge to support the Armed Forces, their families and veterans.
We are the UK's largest coach operator and in our forty year history have pioneered a number of 'firsts', so it is with great pride we were first off the blocks to sign this groundbreaking new pledge and show our support.
Our work with the military has been praised by Prime Minister David Cameron and we have been described by Mark Francois, the Minister of State for the Armed Forces as 'a great British company'. He said: "I am grateful to National Express for being the first company to sign up to the Corporate Covenant. It is a great British company recognising the significant contribution and sacrifice of our Armed Forces and their families."
National Express promises to offer guaranteed job interviews for people leaving the forces with a PCV licence for its driving vacancies.
Through our partnership with Ministry of Defence's Defence Discount Service we offer the UK's largest travel discount for serving personnel, family members and veterans at 60 per cent off standard fares.
We are also proud to recognise the huge commitment made by the Reserve Forces by offering extra annual leave for staff in the Army Reserve to help them fulfil their important duties without sacrificing all of their holidays.
It is a tremendous privilege to be chosen as the first company to sign the Corporate Covenant and a wonderful accolade for our business. Over and beyond this though, demonstrating support for the Armed Forces in black and white by signing the Corporate Covenant is simply 'the right thing to do'.
We firmly believe every business should make their own commitment and we urge other companies to follow our lead and show their support.
You can watch Edwards Coaches video about guaranteed interviews for service leavers below:
Vacancies are advertised online at the Career Transition Partnership's website www.ctp.org.uk and candidates can also apply in writing to Edwards Coaches Ltd, Newtown Industrial Estate, Llantwit Fardre, Pontypridd, CF38 2EE or by telephone on 01443 202 048.