Firm praised for its support to reservists

A North Tyneside firm has been recognised for its commitment to supporting reservists in careers upon resettlement through employment and training.

Kier North Tyneside received an award from ‘Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers’ (SaBRE), a body set up in 2002 to raise awareness of the good work of reservists.

These can be ex-forces personnel or members of the Territorial Army.

Kier currently employs four full-time reservists, from a regional health and safety manager, to gas engineers working on the ground in residents’ homes.

Two Kier employees, Paul Timothy and Gareth Pittock, both left the army last year and joined Kier initially for work experience placements, but having impressed throughout their time at the company, both have now been offered permanent positions.

Kier regional director, Mike Furze, said: “Kier North Tyneside is committed to offering opportunities to reservists from all backgrounds and helping them develop sustainable careers with us.

“Soldiers put their lives on the line for our country and we are proud to be able to provide them with a more certain future.”