Each year, our Employer Engagement team preserves the testimony of employers who are awarded the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in a dedicated booklet.
We announced the 2020 Silver ERS winners in August, with 30 employers joining the community of supportive employers bringing the total number of Silver Award holders in East Anglia to 118 employers.
The Silver Awards are usually presented at a prestigious event in Cambridge, where the certificates are presented and booklets shared. But this year the celebrations are moving online all over the country, which hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of the testimony the winners have shared with us for the booklet.
- Defence ERS Silver Awards 2015
- Defence ERS Silver Awards 2016
- Defence ERS Silver Awards 2017
- Defence ERS Silver Awards 2018
- Defence ERS Silver Award 2019
- Defence ERS Silver Award 2020
To be eligible for a Silver Award, a business must employ at least one of the following: veterans, service spouses, reservists, cadet adult volunteers (Sea Cadets, Air Cadets or Army Cadets).
Employers must have also signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledge and be able to show how they have delivered on their pledge.
They cannot self-nominate, but their employees may nominate them. East Anglia RFCA Regional Employer Engagement team are experienced in writing nominations on behalf of employers – this is a free no-obligation service sponsored by Defence Relationship Management (DRM).
Silver Award holders who employ a Reservist show flexibility that enables the employee to fulfil annual training and mobilisation commitments.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was created by former Prime Minister David Cameron to support the Future Reserves 2020 Programme (FR20) published in 2013. Initially with the remit to recognise those employers who aim to support reservists, either as employees or potential employees, its remit has since broadened. Now, the Employer Recognition Scheme rewards those organisations that aim to support veterans, military spouses and cadet instructors, as well as reservists.
The scheme includes Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community. Each award lasts for five years, during which time award holders can display electronic certificates and logos on their website, stationery and other collateral.
If you would like to explore how your company can become involved and receive recognition, please contact Kristina Carrington, Regional Employer Engagement Director for East Anglia RFCA.