Leidos UK to sponsor university education under new fund for disabled veterans
As part of our initiative to engage new talent and invest in our UK defence business, Leidos UK and the Open University have agreed to fully fund one scholarship under the Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund. Leidos UK will sponsor the education of a student through the life of a university degree at the Open University.
The Disabled Veterans’ Scholarships Fund is in its second year, but the fund is already having a profound impact on the lives of disabled veterans. The fund’s first year enabled 55 students to study a wide range of subjects, from sport to business, to STEM fields, and social sciences.
Increased interest in social sciences is partially due to a correlation between students with PTSD choosing to study psychology, demonstrating a desire from veterans to help others in the same situation as themselves. One student imparts that it is “my drive to get qualified and help other veterans who have been in the same situation as me,” with another stating that “opportunities like this are giving access to education that we just wouldn’t get otherwise, and it is an absolute godsend.’’
Leidos UK’s support of the fund not only provides free education through the university degree, but also delivers support services such as employment advice, including helping with placements and other work experience opportunities.
Matt Wiles, Chief Executive of Leidos UK, stresses the significance of the fund: ‘’Leidos UK is hugely proud to be a sponsor of the Open University’s Disabled Veterans’ scheme. The scheme resonates with Leidos – we are a major trusted partner to the UK’s Armed Forces, we already employ a significant number of Services Veterans, and we are a company focused on using engineering, science and technology to solve some of the world’s most complex problems. The chance to develop the education and skills of disabled veterans is one which Leidos UK relishes, and one which we will support to the best of our abilities, to help create new opportunities and to create the culture and inclusive environment we are building for the future.”
Leidos continues to build our UK talent pipeline with Services Veterans both in the UK and US. In addition to this new partnership in the UK, our US team serves veterans through initiatives like Operation MVP, a dedicated military hiring program, sponsorships such as the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, and an official pro bono legal initiative. We also recently ranked No. 16 out of 113 companies on the 2019 Military Times' Best for Vets Employer List, our highest-ever ranking.
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