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Silver Awards for supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace

Silver Awards for supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace

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20 Sep, 2019

In the East Midlands, 23 public- and private-sector organisations have achieved an MoD Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for their support of the Armed Forces Community.

Among the organisations that have received the award are four councils and three charities, while the rest are private businesses across a number of sectors. Lincolnshire County Council was one of the councils that earned a Silver Award this year.

SILVER SUCCESS STORIES

The 23 organisations that have earned Silver Awards are: 

  • AeroSimulators Group
  • Ashfield District Council
  • Belvoir HR Ltd
  • Bentleigh Chase
  • Bright Rebel Coaching Ltd
  • Catena
  • DEA Aviation Limited
  • Derby County Community Trust
  • Freshlinc Group Limited
  • HMP Leicester
  • Keith Cook Training Limited
  • Level 7 Expertise Ltd
  • Lincolnshire County Council
  • LIVES
  • Minster Surfacing Limited 
  • Northampton Borough Council
  • One To One Support Services Ltd
  • Rangoon Point
  • Stamford Town Council
  • UK Veterans Hearing Help
  • Wilkin Chapman LLP
  • Wilson Browne Solicitors.
  • Workforce Unlimited

Councillor Mrs Sue Woolley, executive member NHS liaison & community engagement, Lincolnshire County Council, says: ‘We are extremely proud to have been awarded Silver in the UK Defence ERS, in recognition of our support to the Armed Forces.’

In order to achieve a Silver Award employers must have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, employ at least one member of the Armed Forces community and support any staff through their Reserve or Cadet Force Adult Volunteer training responsibilities. 

Says Defence Secretary Ben Wallace: ‘These awards recognise the outstanding support for our Armed Forces from employers across Britain, and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one. Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-Forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.’ 

One of the East Midlands-based businesses awarded this year was One to One Support Services, which provides specialised home care services and training for the health and social care sector. Melanie Ulyatt MBE, managing director of One to One Support Services, comments: ‘We value the skills and qualities veterans, reservists and ex-military personnel bring to the company. We are delighted to be awarded the ERS Silver Award, which celebrates our continued commitment to supporting injured or disabled ex-military personnel by providing a variety of roles with flexible working conditions, removing potential barriers to embrace them as equal members of our team. We also encourage joint partnerships with local barracks by offering joint training opportunities in a suitable learning environment, offering free employability courses at our City & Guilds Training Academy for ex-military personnel and their families. This award is further recognition of our ongoing work and continued investment in supporting the Armed Forces Community.’

Northampton Borough Council was also awarded for its support of the Armed Forces Community, Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for Community Engagement and Safety says: ‘The council is proud to provide ongoing support to Armed Forces personnel living and working in the town. Whether in active service today or if they fought decades ago, our Service men and women deserve recognition and support, as and when it’s needed. The measures we have introduced have helped to achieve this and we will continue to work with partners to ensure our commitment continues each year.’

The Silver ERS Awards are awarded across the UK and this year more organisations than ever before have earned the award. Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer comments: ‘Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record-breaking number of organisations recognised for their support. We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisations.’

John Wilson, the MoD’s employer engagement director in the East Midlands, adds: ‘The ERS was launched to reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to exhibit the same behaviours. Each of those awarded employs at least one member of the Armed Forces community, whether that be a veteran, reservist, Cadet Force adult volunteer or a Service spouse, and each acts as an advocate for promoting the benefits that these individuals can bring to the civilian workplace.’ 

Each of the organisations will be invited to a formal presentation event in November, where they will be given a certificate that they can display in their offices. 

FACTFILE

Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 by then Prime Minister David Cameron to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Defence Armed Forces Covenant and the full spectrum of defence personnel. This includes reserves, Service leavers, wounded injured and sick, cadets, and spouses.

The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. 

To find out more about the Employer Recognition Scheme and the Armed Forces Covenant contact John Wilson by emailing em-empsp@rfca.mod.uk or call 0115 924 8627.

Armed Forces Covenant 

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant and how to get involved, click here

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