Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has presented Jaguar Land Rover with a gold award for its active support of the Armed Forces community.
The UK’s leading manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles has a long history of supporting the British military and continues to demonstrate this by meeting commitments made through its Armed Forces Covenant.
Michael Fallon praised the company saying: “The support from these organisations is making a real difference to our Armed Forces community. They are ensuring that the men and women who have done, and continue to do, so much for our nation are treated fairly.
“Whether allowing reservists the time to train, providing jobs or supporting veterans and spouses, these companies embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about. I am delighted to thank them for their unwavering support.”
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth, accepted the award on behalf of the company. He was joined by Matthew Malley, one of the 200 ex-service personnel hired by the automotive manufacturer since 2013.
Commenting on the award, Dr Speth said: “We at Jaguar Land Rover are immensely proud to have signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and to be recognised through this award.
“Service leavers are an excellent talent pool for Jaguar Land Rover and our supply chain, with skills that are transferable to an advanced manufacturing environment. We believe that there is a close alignment between our company’s own values and attitudes and the unstoppable persistence of Armed Forces veterans.”
Matthew Malley explained what the company’s approach means for him: “I was wounded in action and subsequently medically discharged during my second operational tour in Afghanistan. I was then told my army career was over, which for me was my life. After a month-long specially-tailored work placement at Jaguar Land Rover, I got a job with their site services, where I fit right in. I couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome.”