Armed Forces Day is a day to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces. From currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets, Armed Forces Day is a day dedicated to recognising the Armed Forces community. Every year events take place all over the country to celebrate this day, this year it’s taking place on Saturday 29th June.
The Armed Forces Day Event
We’ve been invited to exhibit at the Armed Forces Day being held at Gillingham’s Great Lines Heritage Park. This free event is open to the public and is run in partnership with the local Royal School of Military Engineering. On the day they will be displays and parades from various services including; Royal Engineers, the Infantry, Gurkhas, Royal Navy, Royal Marine Reserves, tri-service Cadet Forces and many more.
Armed Forces Day is a fantastic day out for all the family with plenty of activities to take part in. Children will be able to take part in their own obstacle course and go on the rides at the giant funfair. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a helicopter fly-in, as well as listening to performances from the Military Wives Choir and bandstand concerts.
The Kings Ferry will be one of the many exhibitors showing support for servicemen and women. We were invited to exhibit as we are part of the Armed Forces Covenant.
Armed Forces Covenant
The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge to those who are serving or have served, along with their families, to be treated with fairness and respect within their communities. As part of National Express, we have achieved Gold Award holder status. National Express was the first company to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and continue to show support. We are also on the Employer Recognition Scheme, supporting those looking to start a new career after the military.
As a recognised employer for ex-service personnel, we are proud to be exhibiting on Armed Forces Day providing an employment opportunity. We have numerous ex-forces employees ranging from managers and office staff to coach drivers. Our ex-forces staff have come from various services; the Infantry, Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Soldiers.
Our Driver Training Academy employs those looking to start a new career as a Coach Driver. The fully paid training programme aims to provide support and tuition to drivers getting their PCV licence. Not only do we train unqualified PCV drivers but we also offer CPC training and refresher courses. Those who are successful in the Driver Training Academy will receive a full-time position, earning up to £32,000 a year basic salary.
Our recruitment team will be exhibiting with the Driver Training vehicle at the Great Lines on Saturday 29th June. The team, headed by ex-serviceman Simon Le Mar, will be there on the day to answer questions and take sign ups.
If you can’t attend the event but would still like to express your interest in becoming a Coach Driver, sign up on our Driver Training Academy page.