Three Yorkshire businesses have been named by the Ministry of Defence as top supporters of the armed forces in a list of award winners which has been revealed today (01/08). The list names those organisations which have been given Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards for their work in supporting the military community. This year’s ERS Gold Award winners include a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies winning awards.
Three Yorkshire organisations were named as Gold Award winners: professional services firm WYG, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Sheffield-based ITI Network Services.
Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.
Now in its fifth year, the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.
The 50 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.
The Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said:
“The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.
“We all have a role to play in ensuring that the Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.”
Richard Lenton, Regional Employer Engagement Director in Yorkshire and The Humber for the Ministry of Defence provides information and support to employers of a member of the Reserve Forces, veterans or military spouses.
He said: “The ERS Awards provide us with a way of saying thank you to those businesses who go above and beyond to support the Armed Forces community and make sure our current and former service personnel and their families are not disadvantaged by their military status. These organisations work hard to ensure their policies and practices are military friendly and we applaud them for making a commitment to those who serve and protect our nation.”
The 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award winners are:
- Alexander Mann Solutions
- Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
- BNY Mellon
- C S Hodges
- Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
- City of London Corporation
- City of Wolverhampton Council
- Defence Medical Welfare Service
- Dumfries and Galloway Council
- Durham County Council
- East of England Ambulance Service
- Ernst & Young (EY)
- Forward Assist Veterans Charity
- Future Sales Factory
- Handy Heroes
- ITI Network Services Ltd
- James McVicar Printing Works
- Kent County Council
- Landmarc Support Services Ltd
- Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
- Lloyd’s of London
- London Borough of Wandsworth (Wandsworth Council)
- London Southbank University
- MBDA UK
- Newcastle City Council
- Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- NHS Hastings and Rother CCG and NHS Eastboarne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG
- NHS Orkney
- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Northumberland County Council
- Portsmouth City Council
- Raytheon Systems Limited
- The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
- South Tyneside Council
- Standard Life Aberdeen Plc
- Swansea Council
- University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
- University of Lincoln
- University of South Wales