Wattisham based Morson Group awarded Gold for supporting the Armed Forces

The Ministry of Defence today announced the Morson Group as one of the new Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award winners, its highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.

Operating at Wattisham Airfield (a former RAF station) the Suffolk based arm of the Morson Group carry out major servicing of the British Army’s Apache helicopters and maintain a pool of aircraft ready to deploy at short notice for the Army.

The ERS Gold Awards recognise employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and also encourage others to follow their lead. The award scheme, which attracts entries from companies in every part of the country and in the private and public sectors, has seen a rapid increase in participation since it launched in 2014. This year only 33 companies across the UK have been awarded Gold.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

“These companies have shown the gold standard of commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. They have taken meaningful steps to ensure the Defence community are not disadvantaged by the sacrifice they make in helping keep this country safe. The actions of these employers make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location, or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business.”

The 2017 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award winners are:

Airbus, Balfour Beatty, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Combat Pest Control, DHL, DXC Technology, ER Systems Global, FDM, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, General Dynamics UK, Hampshire Hospital, Hull City Council,  NHS Golden Jubilee Foundation, Inverclyde Council, Kuehne & Nagel, Laing O’Rourke, Liverpool City Council, Mabway Ltd, ManpowerGroup UK, Metropolitan Police Service, Morson Group, Network Rail, North West Ambulance Service, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Shropshire Council, Skanska

The Ministry of Defence also announced today that following a stringent assessment, seven recipients of the 2014 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards have retained their Gold status:  BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Carillion, Hewlett-Packard (HP), NHS Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and NHS Scotland.

Fact File
1. The Morson Group provide industry leading technical recruitment and design solutions in engineering across multiple sectors – including rail, aerospace and defence, nuclear, IT and cyber security – with temporary and permanent jobs. They work with many of the world’s leading companies, often as preferred, sole or managed service supplier and in 2016 had a turnover in excess of £806million. The Morson Group is made up of the recruitment arm Morson International, design engineers Morson Projects and blue-collar recruiters Vital Human Resources.
2. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise between the nation, government and the Armed Forces to treat our serving personnel, veterans and their families with fairness and respect. Corporates, charities and local authorities can sign the Armed Forces Covenant and make their own promise to support the Forces in ways of their choosing.
3. The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Defence Armed Forces Covenant and the full spectrum of Defence personnel. This includes the Reserves, Service Leavers, Wounded Injured and Sick, Cadets, and spouses.
4. The Employer Recognition 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. The awards are valid for three years, when they are reviewed.
5. A full list of Employer Recognition Scheme Gold, Silver and Bronze winners is available here

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