UK fire and security systems business Evolution has signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) and joined the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The company said the move was motivated by the need to bridge a skills shortage in the security industry.

Evolution head of risk and design Brendan McGarrity said: “If you’ve worked on a radar or weapons system, there’s a good chance you’ll have skills that can easily be transferred to a commercial environment.”

“But even if you don’t already have a trade, we can create a learning and development programme that trains you for a new career, and one that we believe will be equally rewarding.”

McGarrity added that ex-service personnel often have the skills and temperament needed to work successfully in the security industry.

The company is also launching the Evolution Academy designed to train highly-skilled engineers. The academy will welcome ex-service personnel as well as would-be engineers from non-military backgrounds.