Employer Engagement

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Now more than ever, the Reserve Forces are an integral and vital part of the UK’s Armed Forces. 

The Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) is an impartial role, created by the Ministry of Defence, to make information and support available to employers of a member of the Reserve Forces.

Employer Engagement seeks to highlight the benefits a Reservist can bring to the workplace. Reservists develop valuable leadership skills, teamwork, effective communication and organisational ability. Many will also be trained in trade-specific skills, such as first aid or driving. This ongoing development can lead to improved performance and less sickness absence in the workplace. The support of their employer is essential to enable them to undergo training to achieve the high standards of professionalism required.

Download the Partnering with Defence leaflet to find out more about tangible benefits for employers. 

Businesses can demonstrate their support for employing members of the Reserve Forces by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Businesses that are supportive of Reservist employees are awarded Certificates of Support, signed by the Chief of the Defence Staff and the Secretary of State for Defence, as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

Contact Kristina Carrington, your Regional Employer Engagement Director, to declare your support for members of the Reserve Forces, those who have served in the Armed Forces or their families.