The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has signed a novel pledge with the UK military to show its ‘commitment to advocate for recruitment and retention of ex-military personnel across the automotive industry’.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Exec.

The pledge, which the Society refers to as a ‘covenant’, commits it to ‘promoting best practice, fostering a culture and ethos of inclusivity, and making the commercial case for automotive companies to also sign up’.


Johnny Mercer MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence People and Veterans, said: “By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, employers are harnessing the value that the Armed Forces community contributes to business. In this field, it is hard to find a better exemplar of best practice than SMMT.”

SMMT has long had a relationship with Forces charity Mission Motorsport, which Chief Exec Mike Hawes said the organisation was proud to continue to support. “Upskilling our industry will be crucial as new technologies transform the sector, and ex-military personnel are an often-untapped talent pool that can provide these in-demand skills” he said.

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