Braving the elements: Taking employee training to new heights

Travis Perkins plc aren’t widely known for encouraging their colleagues to battle against the elements in Arctic conditions, wade through ice and snow or scale the side of a mountain, but for one adventurer it was all part of working life at the building materials supplier.


Travis Perkins plc gave Adam Kent, Sector Manager at Travis Perkins Managed Services, the opportunity to travel to Norway and take part in an Arctic Warfare training exercise as part of their Armed Forces Covenant pledge. Travis Perkins plc were the 1500th signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and made their public declaration to be an Armed Forces friendly organisation in March 2017.

“It was an extremely intense week which was physically and mentally challenging. I had to climb up a snow tunnel that the team had dug into the side of a mountain and we imitated a rescue mission around how you’d save someone from a frozen lake”, Adam said. 

Supporting and recruiting service leavers are a key part of the commitments set out by Travis Perkins in their Armed Forces pledge, including offering Reservists additional paid leave for their training commitments.

“We wanted to understand what kind of training Reservists go through and their dedication and professionalism, regardless of how difficult and challenging the conditions are, is extraordinary. They give up a lot of their spare time to be a Reservist and are a real credit to the Forces”, said Adam. “They don't get paid much for their training and rely on their employers to support them with additional paid annual leave. This is something I’m delighted that we have committed to".

To read more about our Armed Forces Covenant pledge, please click here

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