Ørsted Signs Armed Forces Covenant

Leading offshore wind developer Ørsted has signed the Armed Forces Covenant which highlights the offshore wind as a “forces-friendly” industry.

As a forces-friendly company, Ørsted will seek to support the employment of veterans by working alongside the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for service leavers.

The company will also offer flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment wherever possible, as well as supporting employees who choose to be members of the Reserve forces.

Ørsted UK managing director Matthew Wright was joined at the signing ceremony by Commodore David Elford OBE ADC Royal Navy and several ex-services veterans now working at Ørsted.

In our experience, service veterans possess many transferable skills and qualities which have led to a successful transition to careers in the offshore wind industry,” Wright said.

We are therefore delighted to formalise our pledge of support to those who serve or have served in the armed forces with the signing of this covenant.”

Ørsted said that the company already has many service veterans working on projects both offshore and onshore across the UK and the signing of the Covenant is a way to formalise the company’s pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families are treated with fairness.

”At its heart, the Covenant commits its signatories to do what they can to ensure that members of the Armed Forces (be they regulars, reserves or Cadet Force adult volunteers) and their families are not disadvantaged as a result of their service,” Commodore David Elford OBE ADC Royal Navy, the Naval Regional Commander for eastern England, said.

”For a company such as Ørsted to sign the Covenant and its associated pledges sends an important message (both inside and outside the company) that the armed forces are respected and valued.”

Former Royal Navy Engineer Ash Hedges started his Ørsted career as a wind turbine technician and progressed through to Deputy Operations Manager at Ørsted’s Westermost Rough Offshore Wind Farm.

“I would definitely say my career in renewable energy would not have happened if not for my military beginning,” Hedges said. 

”The life skill and experience I have at 34 years old is a credit to my training and the Royal Navy. The experience of working in a high-pressure environment, with huge responsibility and living with your colleague’s day in day out really set me up for my current role.”

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