Employer Engagement

Our Employer Engagement team provides employers with the information and support required to employ reservists. Support includes providing information on legal rights and responsibilities as an employer; reservists and training commitments and how they can affect employers; and guidance on how to get the best out of your reservist employee. 

The team works with the MoD’s Defence Relationship Management (DRM) organisation to establish open and strategic relationships with employers, tailoring partnering opportunities to mutual needs and business goals.  Click here to find out more about DRM.

The ultimate aim of the Employer Engagement team is to help companies and organisations understand the importance of their reservists, the extra skills and abilities a reservist can bring to their organisation and then encourage them to show their support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and becoming a ‘Supportive Employer’.

Supportive Employers

Many employers are recognised as ‘Supportive Employers’ throughout the year and as part of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). This Scheme looks to reward and recognise organisations who support Reservists and take a positive stance for existing or prospective employees.  For more details please go to our Employer Recognition Scheme page.


All members of the Reserve Forces undergo rigorous training which develops valuable skills like leadership, teamwork, effective communication and organisational ability. This can lead to improved performance in the workplace, with transferable attributes that include the ability to work under pressure, reliability, self-confidence and a determination to succeed.

If you have recently become a reservist employer or would like to find out more about how we can assist you, please contact Richard Lenton, Regional Employer Engagement Director, on 01904 637929 or visit the DRM Website.

Mini Stretch

This is a unique opportunity for individuals to enhance their personal leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as gain a valuable insight into the transferable skills that Reservists develop during similar training exercises.

Organised by the Volunteer Reserve Forces in Yorkshire and The Humber, it is run by reservists at various venues around the region throughout the year. Visit our Mini Stretch page for more info.



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