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Roke has been included in a definitive ranking of the top 50 employers of veterans in the UK by the prestigious GREAT British Employers of Veterans programme, a comprehensive guide to the leading companies supporting the Armed Forces community.

Roke has a long history of supporting veterans, and is a recipient of the highest level of accreditation in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award programme for its commitment to supporting the armed forces community.  As a gold award winner, Roke actively communicates and upholds a positive stance for employees who are veterans, Reservists and Cadet Force Adult volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Click here to down the 50 GREAT British Employers of Veterans 2024.

Enriched by the experience of serving their country and equipped with skills and values that are highly valued by employers in other sectors, the 15,000-plus people who leave the British Armed Forces each year form a unique and highly capable talent pool. But an awareness gap and a lack of visible role models have presented barriers to service leavers hitting the ground running, while depriving companies of a superb way to fill their skills gaps.

High-profile initiatives to promote the veteran talent pool in recent years, such as the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, have improved how employers perceive ex-forces candidates,  highlighting the exceptional values and adaptability they offer after their service.

Such efforts have encouraged many more employers to embrace talent from the Armed Forces community. But while the significant growth in dedicated UK employment programmes and pathways for the Armed Forces community is hugely welcomed, it can be challenging and confusing to identify, navigate and access the opportunities available.

This is what inspired the formation of the GREAT British Employers of Veterans programme, first launched last year by the organisers of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards, to provide a comprehensive guide to the leading companies in which military veterans and other members of the Armed Forces family can build a meaningful career.

The inaugural book proved hugely popular with thousands of downloads. And after feedback highlighted a strong interest in a definitive listing of the very best Forces Friendly organisations, for the 2024 programme a Judging Panel of 20 successful veterans in business was compiled to assess the entries and rank the top 50 employers.

The 50 GREAT British Employers of Veterans are published in the 2024 edition of the book today, with Roke being successfully ranked in 15th place among the leading employers for the UK Armed Forces community. The book is not only a valuable resource for veterans seeking their next career move but also employers looking to benchmark their own offerings to the Armed Forces community.

Paul MacGregor, Managing Director at Roke said,

"Roke is proud of our long history of supporting the UK Armed Forces and its allies, going back to our founding in 1956. Today we count many veterans within our team, whose experience, work ethic, teamwork and determination is the backbone of many parts of our growing business.

"We are thrilled to have been awarded 15th place in the Top Employers of Veterans in the UK 2024 and look forward to welcoming many more veterans to our team.”

Chris Parker MBE, British Army veteran, Director at Fortinet UK and judge for the GREAT British Employers of Veterans programme, said: "The GREAT British Employers of Veterans programme is a wonderful way to recognise and thank the leading organisations who support members of the Armed Forces community working in the UK.”

Ben Rossi, founder of the Ex-Forces in Business Awards and the GREAT British Employers of Veterans programme, said: “The UK is one of the global leaders when it comes to offering dedicated pathways, programmes and other opportunities for veterans and the wider Armed Forces family seeking a high-value career. But navigating this landscape, understanding exactly what companies offer to the Armed Forces community and deciphering what is the right direction for you can be complicated and confusing.

“The GREAT British Employers of Veterans cuts through the noise by producing a simple but comprehensive guide to the companies when members of the Armed Forces community are valued and really thrive. The top 50 employers listed in this year’s book are really the cream of the crop when it comes to Forces Friendly employers in the UK and they thoroughly deserve this recognition for what they do for the Armed Forces community.”


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