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Awarded for supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace

33 public and private sector organisations across the East Midlands have been formally recognised for supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace by the receipt of a Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.

The ERS encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence personnel and align their support with the Armed Forces Covenant.

In Derbyshire, seven organisations have been awarded and will be invited to a special presentation event later this year when they will receive their award.

One of those awarded is Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust who currently employ reservists, Service leavers, cadet force adult volunteers and military spouses, as well as appointing an internal Reservist Champion earlier this year.

Chris Sands, Acting Chief Executive for the Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be among the recipients of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. It’s almost a year now since we became the first NHS body in Derbyshire to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and this award demonstrates our ongoing commitment to that pledge. These are brave, dedicated and skilled NHS staff who give up their spare time to serve their country – we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Another organisation to be awarded is Pattonair who has pledged support for Defence by signing the Armed Forces Covenant; they actively recruit and support those who are a part of or have previously served in the Armed Forces.

Wayne Hollinshead CEO at Pattonair, said:

“We are extremely proud to support the Armed Forces at Pattonair, gaining Silver recognition clearly shows our commitment to supporting ex-military, reservists and cadets in our community.  We have a reservist policy and support various awareness events every year; we look forward to continuing our support as a Silver award holder.”

Another recipient is Consorito Security in Castle Donington who as a business encourage the recruitment of ex-Service personnel for all contracts when conditions allow. They also have a flexible approach to working patterns to allow their employees who are serving as reservists to have time to complete their military duties.

Earl Knight, CEO at Consorito Security, commented: 

“We are proud to be recognised as an MOD ERS Silver award winner. With many of our employees coming from a military background we understand that reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers. Companies of all shapes and sizes should consider signing the Covenant as there are proven business benefits of hiring veterans.”

The University of Derby were also commended for their work in developing courses that provide opportunities for service leavers to reskill and enter the healthcare profession. They have also been very active in their support of Armed Forces week with multiple events this year to engage with the Armed Forces community.

Dr Paula Holt, Dean of Health and Social Care at the University said:

“We are delighted to be recognised with a Silver award in the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme. The award recognises the efforts of employers who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces community. The University of Derby is proud of its strong and growing relationship with the Armed Forces, from the support we provide veterans across a range of areas from mental health to resettlement, to the engagement we have promoted at our two Armed Forces Day events in June.”

John Wilson, the MOD’s Employer Engagement Director in the East Midlands, said:

“The ERS was launched to recognise and reward employers who support Defence People objectives and encourage others to exhibit the same behaviours.

“Each of those awarded employ at least one member of the Armed Forces community whether that be a veteran, reservist, cadet force adult volunteer or a Service spouse and each act as an advocate for promoting the benefits that these individuals can bring in to the civilian workplace.” 

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.”

Other organisations to be awarded in Derbyshire were: Bombardier Transportation UK Ltd, Henmore Health Limited, Homestead Senior Care and NVC Security.


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