Shropshire Council’s gold standard Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme revalidated
West Midlands Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (WM RFCA) has announced Shropshire Council is to have its Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award 2017 revalidated.
Shropshire Council is the only organisation in the West Midlands to have the award revalidated this year, and is one of only 36 Gold Award revalidations made nationally.
Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.
Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for the Armed Forces Covenant, said:-
“As one of Shropshire’s largest employers, we have a duty to support regular and reserve units as well as the veterans who are trying to find their way in civilian life.
“From the hugely successful Armed Forces Matchdays at Shrewsbury Town FC, to the regular outreach group meetings for veterans and with buy in from a number of organisations who have joined the partnership, the Armed Forces Covenant has achieved a great deal in broadening the opportunities for military personnel in Shropshire.
“Shropshire has a large Armed Forces community, including serving members (Regulars and Reserves), veterans and their families. I am immensely proud of Shropshire Council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, and of our small team of volunteers who commit so much time to the Covenant and the Armed Forces community.
“The revalidation of the Gold Award is thoroughly deserved and testament to all of the fantastic work being done. We will continue to work hard to ensure that we lead the way and inspire others to support those who have selflessly served our country.”
Andy Begley, Shropshire Council’s chief executive, said:-
“I am incredibly proud of what we’re doing as an organisation to champion the Employer Recognition Scheme, and the revalidation of the Gold Award is testament to our efforts and commitment to supporting the military and veteran communities and their families.
“We are dedicated to continuing to build our support for the Armed Forces, which in turn makes a positive and lasting impact on the lives of veterans, personnel and forces’ families.”
To win an award, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Organisations must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
WM RFC announced five new winners of the Gold Award in the region. They are: Black Onyx Concepts Limited, HS Infra Ltd, Onions & Davies Solicitors, South Staffordshire College and Traffix Limited.
The ERS was launched to recognise and reward employers who support defence and inspire others to do the same. To find out more about the ERS and Armed Forces Covenant visit https://www.wmrfca.org/employers