Posted: 19/12/17 by EMRFCA - Ministry of Defence
21 public and private sector businesses were recognised for the support they have given to members of their teams who serve or have previously served our country at an event in Loughborough last night (9 November).
Organisations from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire all received a Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award after demonstrating their support for the Armed Forces Community.
The awards event was held at Burleigh Court in Loughborough where the businesses from around the region were presented with a certificate by Colonel Tom Redgate, The Deputy Commander (Reserves) of the regional Army HQ.
In order to achieve a Silver Award employers have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and have shown flexibility towards the annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees and have supported the employment of cadet instructors, Armed Forces veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners.
John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s regional employer engagement director, said: “Employing members of the Armed Forces community is beneficial to employers as they can often use the specialist skills and training individuals have gained through the Armed Forces in their workplace. Skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and having the experience of leading a team can be transferred into any civilian organisation.
“The Silver Awards event was a huge success with many of the employers commenting on the value of networking with other businesses who also employ current or former Service personnel.”
42 further businesses also formally had their Silver Awards renewed after continuing to support the Armed Forces community three years on from when they were first presented this accolade.
Terry McDermott, chief fire officer/chief executive of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Services, said: “Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service recognises the valuable transferrable skills and knowledge that employees coming from a military background and those undertaking the role of a reservist, bring to the Service; as such the Service fully supports them in continuing to serve both their community and country.”
Paul Devlin, chair of Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT), said: “Lincolnshire has a rich tradition linking our county with Armed Forces so we are proud to employ Defence personnel. LPFT has achieved the Silver Award in recognition of our work to support Service personnel, reservists, veterans, and their families. I know that staff and volunteers with Service experience enhance the work we do and allow us to connect closely with an extensive Armed Forces community in Lincolnshire. I am proud that we have been able to meet the standards of the Silver Award.”
Michelle Allbones, finance manager of TMS Support Solutions Ltd, commented: “Currently, 73% of our employees are from the Armed Forces Community and we’ve found that the technical skills that they bring to TMS in the fields of vehicle mechanics, avionics and electronics to name a few, are extremely valuable to the services we provide our clients. Deciding to sign the Armed Forces Covenant was an easy decision for us. It allowed us to show our commitment to the wider Armed Forces Community and to highlight this very valuable and highly skilled group of potential employees to other employers. As part of our ongoing commitment we are pleased to have been awarded the Silver Recognition Award and will now be working towards the Gold Award.”
Mike Britton, group managing director from Goodwill Solutions Group CIC in Northampton, said: “At Goodwill Solutions CIC, we appreciate that adjustment is needed during transition from military service to civilian life, so we provide employment and routes to employment for former services personnel and their family members, can deliver advice and access to gain vocational training, we support reservists through flexible working patterns, and we can engage, advise and assist with local authorities to resolve conflict and ‘blockages’ in the system.”
Carol Kavanagh, group HR director at Travis Perkins plc, commented: “We’re incredibly proud to have been awarded ERS Silver Award. We have long recognised the valuable skills, professionalism and dedication that Service leavers can bring to our business and we’re committed to showing our ongoing support for the Defence community.”
Richard Fuller, managing director of County Battery Services, said: “We are honoured as a team at County Battery Services to receive this award. It is really good working with the Armed Forces and signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Giving support to reservists and Service leavers is very beneficial to the business in a number of ways, being able to recruit highly trained and intelligent staff who can integrate seamlessly into our team being one of the biggest.”
Ella Brady, organisational development officer at Newark and Sherwood District Council, explained: “Newark and Sherwood District Council are delighted to receive Silver status in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. We are excited to continue our work with local organisations and charities to support the Armed Forces Covenant in our district as well as provide continued support to Armed Forces community members within our organisation.”
Roger Marshall, managing partner at B-GR Group, based in Nottingham said: “Since its inception in 1951, B-GR Group’s founder Horace Bradbury maintained the strict ethos of keeping the Defence community at the heart of the business practice. This long-standing tradition has proven to be intelligent foresight which has remained with us and is still a fundamental part of our business activities. We are extremely proud to receive acknowledgement for our support to the Armed Forces Community and we look forward to strengthening this as we move forward into 2018”.
Daran Jones, events manager, from Armourgeddon in Lutterworth, said: “Veterans represent a unique, diverse and high-performing source of talent for us. The attitude of our Service leavers is seen as an asset and source of valuable skill sets. Often drawing upon their experience gained throughout military service, their unique transferable skills, mind-set and work ethic are put to good use in the workplace, this is very valuable to us. We also feel that recruiting veterans reflects our desire to act upon our social responsibility to support the military community at large”.
Pictured: Goodwill Solutions receive a Silver Award