Members of the armed forces and representatives from Sky onstage at an Armed Foces Day event.
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Sky Signs Armed Forces Covenant

Sky Signs Armed Forces Covenant
Key Takeaways
The Covenant is a promise from the nation to actively support the Armed Forces Community and ensure they are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.
The agreement also sees the launch of the Sky Armed Forces Employee Network, an internal community for serving personnel, veterans and their allies to connect, support and share experiences across its 23,000 UK & Ireland employees.
By signing this agreement, Sky joins over 3,000 organizations who have pledged to support those who serve, have served, and their families.

On June 18, Sky signed the Armed Forces Covenant, continuing its commitment to treat fairly those who serve, or have served in the military, and their families.

The Covenant is a promise from the nation to actively support the Armed Forces Community and ensure they are not disadvantaged in their day-to-day lives.

Sky has a longstanding commitment to provide the Armed Forces with the best of our content through Sky's availability in military bases across the world. We also waive cancellation charges for broadband and media packages when personnel are posted overseas or to another part of the UK.

We actively promote the fact that we are forces-friendly organization and by working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), Sky will seek to support the employment of veterans of all ages to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers.

The agreement also sees the launch of our Sky Armed Forces Employee Network, an internal community for serving personnel, veterans and their allies to connect, support and share experiences across our 23,000 UK & Ireland employees.

Brigadier Simon Graham signs Sky’s Armed Forces Covenant June 18.
Brigadier Simon Graham signs Sky’s Armed Forces Covenant June 18.

Speaking at the signing at our Home Service Conference in Leeds Dock, Sky’s Niall MacGinnis Group Director of Security, said: “We are proud to have signed this Covenant as part of our continuing commitment to the Armed Forces and their families. At Sky, we recognize the value of supporting those who have served and currently serve our country and all those connected with the military.

We are proud to call ourselves a forces-friendly organization and want to support those working with us now, and in the future from the military community.”

Minister for Defense People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood said: “It’s fantastic to see a leading media organization like Sky showing their commitment to our armed forces by signing the Covenant.

“Those who serve, or have served, in Britain’s military are an incredible group of people who have chosen to put the nation before everything else, often placing their own lives in danger so that those of us at home can enjoy a safe and secure environment in which to live, work and trade.

“Veterans, reservists and military spouses and partners have so much to offer and it’s imperative that businesses like Sky support them in the workplace.” 

We are proud to call ourselves a forces-friendly organisation and want to support those working with us now, and in the future from the military community.
Niall MacGinnis
Group Director of Security, Sky

Sky’s pledge:

  • Promote the fact that we are a forces-friendly organization
  • Waive cancellation charges for broadband and media packages when Armed Forces personnel are posted overseas or to another part of the UK
  • Provide our Armed Forces with the best of our content through Sky’s availability in UK military bases across the world
  • Set-up an Armed Forces Employee Network to create a community for those who have served, have family currently serving and allies to connect, support and inspire our people
  • Seek to support the employment of veterans young and old and working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP), in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers;
  • Strive to support the employment of Service spouses and partners;
  • Endeavor to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Service spouses and partners before, during and after a partner’s deployment;
  • Offer our employees who choose to be members of the Reserve Forces, five days paid leave for training, and accommodating deployment where possible aiming to actively participate in Armed Forces Day; and Armistice Day

By signing this agreement, Sky joins over 3,000 organizations who have pledged to support those who serve, have served, and their families.

(Pictured left to right) Andrew Pogson (Operations Officer, HMS Ceres, Leeds), Niall MacGinnis, Greg Donoghue, Richard Steel (Sky), Brigadier Simon Graham, Squadron Leader Jim Tait (Senior Careers Liaison Officer, RAF Recruiting) Stu Guest (Training Officer, HMS Ceres, Leeds)


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