Fourteen East Anglian businesses have been awarded the Ministry of Defence’s ERS Silver Award; the second highest accolade for supporting the Armed Forces community.
An official ceremony will be held in November to award Silver to Cambridge County Council (Cambs), Colchester Borough Council (Essex), College of West Anglia (Norfolk), HM Prison Whitemoor (Cambs), Levertech Aviation Studies Ltd (Essex), Levett Consultancy Ltd (Essex), Life Academies Trust (Beds), London Electronics (Beds), London Stansted Airport (Essex), McDonalds Franchise (Essex), Morrison Utility Services (Herts), NQA (Beds), Peterborough City Council (Cambs) and Stevenage Borough Council (Herts).
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme was established in 2014 to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment to Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper ‘Reserves in the Future Forces 2020’.
Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP said:
“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community. The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
Silver award holders demonstrate support for Defence by employing at least one Reservist, actively communicating and projecting a positive image of Defence to their employees via established HR policies and procedures. They also support Reservists by giving them the flexibility needed to plan and fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.
To learn more about the Employer Recognition Scheme click here.