Twelve businesses from across Yorkshire are celebrating after learning they have been awarded silver in the Ministry of Defence (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme was established in 2014 to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment to Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper ‘Reserves in the Future Forces 2020’.
There are three tiers of award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – for employers who pledge, demonstrate then advocate, support for the Armed Forces community in association with the Armed Forces Covenant.
The winners, which include: GO Outdoors; Bradford Council; Richmondshire Council; Barnsley Council; Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council; Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust; HMP Wealston; Kirklees Active Leisure; G8 Property Management; York St John University; Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and Kirklees Council, have all been granted the Silver Award by Defence Relationship Management (DRM), the body charged with linking employers and Defence.
Employers work closely with the MOD via their regional Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Assocation (RFCA), which takes them through the steps needed to achieve a Silver Award. They will receive their accolades at a glittering ceremony attended by senior officers, civic dignitaries and business leaders from across the region, which will be held at the Guildhall in Hull in November.
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.”
Silver award holders demonstrate support for Defence by employing at least one Reservist, actively communicating and projecting a positive image of Defence to their employees via established HR policies and procedures. They also support Reservists by giving them the flexibility needed to plan and fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.
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