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The secret of greatness isn’t big – it’s the little things our great people do.

And when someone needs help, no matter how big or small, our people are the first to act. Going above and beyond is not something they’ve learned, it’s just who they are. Their passion for service inspires others and touches communities.

Armed Forces Covenant – Gold Award

Aramark UK have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and are a Gold Employer Recognition Award holder. Aramark UK pledge to support the Armed Forces community including existing and prospective employees and are open to employing Reservists, Armed Forces volunteers, Cadet instructors and military spouses or partners.

Side By Side Podcast

The New Side By Side Podcast has now launched – click here to listen. In this first episode we speak to some inspiring ex-forces individuals who are Veterans, Reservists and Cadets who have made the transition from Military life to successful careers with Aramark. If you could take some time to take a listen and learn a more about how Aramark can support potential, new and current employees in their careers.

Join Us

We have vacancies within Catering, Retail and Cleaning Services as well as a range of managerial positions across a number of sites nationally. Click below to search and apply –  simply type ADS in the keyword section and all Aramark Defence Services opportunities will appear for you to view.
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Our team members are the greatest asset we have in our business. We want to grow and retain the best possible Side by Side team that we can by maximising the skills of our existing colleagues. One of the ways we can do this is by offering a range of apprenticeships. A number of our team members are already involved in apprenticeship schemes covering areas such as Business Improvement Techniques, Business and administration, Hospitality management, Support cleaning services and supervisory skills.

Work Experience

Aramark have created a work experience placement programme to offer Armed Forces service leavers the opportunity to undertake 8 -12 weeks of work placement within Aramark UK. This is known as a Civilian Work Attachment (CWA) to a service leaver.

The aims of the programme are

  • To provide the service leaver with sector specific (catering and facilities services) work experience, offering insight into our roles and our industry.
  • To help the service leaver to identify if their skills and experience are suited to the chosen position
  • To support the service leaver to develop an understanding of the civilian work environment
  • To support the service leaver to understand the culture of our organisation and whether they will be a good fit.

Service leavers would be supported by externally trained mentors who are Aramark employees many of whom are from the Armed Forces Community. These mentors would provide support and guidance as a buddy throughout the programme.

Whilst we offer an 8-12 week programme, we’re flexible too, so if you would prefer a shorter work attachment please just let us know and we will contact you to see if we can help.

For information on current Aramark UK vacancies please click here

Interested in a work experience placement with us? Fill in the form to register your interest.

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    Mentoring programme

    We have a network of nine Aramark Armed Forces Employee Community volunteer mentors who are employees as well as veterans and spouses. They’ve received exclusive mentor training to; support Aramark’s new work experience programme for service levers and the wider Aramark armed community where possible. Aramark have created an 8-12-week work experience programme to benefit service leavers in their resettlement period.

    The programme introduces Aramark, the kind of roles that we have, offers shadowing opportunities alongside our roles as well as job specific training, networking opportunities and support for commercial skill development. Throughout the 8-12 weeks a dedicated trained mentor will ensure that support is focused on programme key objectives, completing 3-hours of externally sourced and funded mentoring training, topics include an introduction to the mentor role, service leaver transition support – their journey and how to provide solutions to barriers to learning.

    Diane Walker, General Manager, spouse and mentor “Military personnel give up so much in service, time with their families, missing important events in their children’s/spouses and extended family’s life to serve our country. I feel honoured to be in a position to be able to support their transition into civilian life and give back to this particular community. As a veteran spouse one of the things not talked about much is the emotional impact this has on personnel when they leave their military family as it’s like a grieving process that I think takes them by surprise and is something that should be considered when mentoring what impact this may have on the process and obviously when they move on.”