News

#SaluteOurForces

Salute our Forces

 
Time 295 days ago Comments 0 comments
 

In support of Armed Forces Week (22 to 28 June 2020), Sodexo has announced its support of SSAFA’s leading mentoring programme, aimed at helping service personnel leaving the Armed Forces transition into civilian life.

As an early signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant, Sodexo is committed to supporting the employment of ex-armed forces personnel and their families, as well as employees who are members of the Reserves. This commitment extended to our Public Service Pledge, which includes an annual target to employ 200 ex-service personnel and their families.

SSAFA’s mentoring programme was launched as a trial in 2018 at Catterick Garrison to support the transition of individuals returning who were, in some way, wounded, injured or sick (WIS) and, because of this, had been discharged from military service.

This year, the programme was expanded to include other service leavers and rolled-out nationwide, which is when Government & Agencies’ HR Director, Rachel Evans and HR Business Partner, Marc Vincent joined the scheme as an opportunity for personal growth and to give something back.

In a feature on the Sodexo website, Rachel talks about why the mentoring scheme means so much to her and why she decided to join the programme. She comments: “Taking part in the mentoring training has been a life-changing experience, both on a personal and professional level. The training is fantastic - you meet other mentors, mentees and hear from the communities touched by this service, giving you an opportunity to look at the world with a different lens.”

Both Rachel and Marc have already engaged with their respective mentees from the programme and have continued to work with them throughout the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

As part of the scheme, Rachel and Marc will be able to give something back to service leavers in a practical and tangible way. Rachel adds: “It’s about providing guidance and empowering people to make their own decisions, find their own solutions, and give them the confidence to make a difference by themselves, and part of the training will make you understand if it’s right for you.”

Rachel and Marc are truly stepping-up to support colleagues who, as Hidden Heroes themselves, have kept or continue to keep all of us safe.

Throughout Armed Forces Week, activities with SSAFA and beyond will be taking place across the region, including celebrations on Reserves Day (24 June) and Armed Forces Day (27 June).


Battlesbury


To give everyone the opportunity to recognise the hard work and dedication of the Armed Forces, you can get involved with the #SaluteOurForces campaign. Through a simple gesture, you can pay tribute to the Armed Forces community by sharing a photo or video of yourself or your friends and colleagues saluting. See how you can take part here.

In addition to saluting our Hidden Heroes, we will also be recognising them here, on Your_Sodexo, in a series of themed features that share the stories of Sodexo colleagues making a difference.

 

Share this story About sharing

  
Send to Kindle

News

WasteLESS Week Winners 2020
 

Food waste at home? Not on Integrator’s watch!

In our previous 2020 WasteLESS Week winner stories, we’ve already explored how we can reduce food waste before it reaches customers, how tackling food waste is positive for communities, and now how we can all combat food waste closer to home.

 
WasteLESS Week 2020 winners
 

Fighting food waste and bringing people together

Continuing our WasteLESS Week 2020 winner celbrations, in our second story we’re focusing on runner’s up - the Sodexo team from Microsoft EMEA - who tackled their food waste in a very different way, choosing to donate what they could to local communities across Europe, United Arab Emirates and Africa.

 
National Apprenticeship Week 2021 - anything is possible graphic
 

Supporting communities through apprenticeships

Sodexo is proud to support a network of small and medium enterprises (SME’s), as part of our pledge to create positive social impact.

 
Apprenticeships - anything is possible
 

Achieving through adversity

Joanne Smith had worked for Sodexo for four years in a casual role, supporting on race days and functions at Ascot Racecourse. Then, in January 2020, she became Operations Manager – and in doing so, began an apprenticeship with Sodexo, studying Level 5 Operational/Departmental Management.

 
Sodexo Apprenticeships - anything is possible
 

Creating a coaching culture with apprenticeships

How do you unlock the best bits of your performance and attributes, and find the motivation within yourself to develop the areas that require improvement? HR and learning professionals, as well as business leaders, point towards the practice of coaching as an enabler to personal and organisational growth.  

 
Anything is possible, Sodexo Apprenticeships - Francisco Torija
 

Building for the future with apprenticeships

In November 2020, Sodexo UK & Ireland launched its first formal technical apprenticeship programme, designed to create the engineering skills needed in the future of the Facilities Management industry.

 
WasteLESS Week 2020 winners
 

Our 2020 WasteLESS Week winners

As a key strategic priority, food waste was taste of the town for WasteLESS Week 2020 encouraging all of you to shout about the ways you’re reducing food waste both on-site and at home. With WRAP’s Food Waste Action Week around the corner, we’re sharing our 2020 winner’s recipe for success.

 
NAW 2021
 

National Apprenticeship Week 2021

This week (8 to 14 February 2021) in the UK is National Apprenticeship Week 2021, giving us the opportunity to celebrate the success of our Sodexo colleagues regioanally, and share the possibilities afforded to us all by modern apprenticeships.

 
RVS logo
 

Volunteering to stop the spread

Over the coming weeks, the Royal Voluntary Service (RVS), as well as some local authorities, will be searching for volunteers to support efforts to recover from the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Sodexo is assisting the RVS and UK Government by promoting the opportunities available. Can you lend a helping hand?