BORDERS College has nailed its colours to the mast by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Signing the covenant demonstrates that the college recognises the value serving personnel, reservists, veterans and military families bring to the college.

The college said that, by becoming a forces-friendly employer, it can benefit from the wide range of skills and experiences that reservists and veterans can bring to the organisation.

Principal Angela Cox, Access to Uniform Services students and lecturer Damien Asquith (ex-services personnel), together with head of HR Debbie Kerr and head of student services Clare Nairn, all teamed up to sign the agreement.

The college aims to uphold the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant including: promoting its armed forces-friendly status; seeking to support the employment of veterans; striving to support the employment and training of service spouses and partners; flexibility in granting leave for service spouses and partners; supporting employees who choose to be members of the reserve forces; offering support to local cadet units; and participating in Armed Forces Day.