Employer Engagement

Ministry of Defence

Employer Engagement is an important activity helping to achieve Defence objectives. It is the principal activity required to develop and sustain strong, positive, mutually-beneficial relationships between employers and the Ministry of Defence to support the Defence personnel before, during and after their service.


The Ministry of Defence employer engagement programme aims to support the delivery of 35,000 effective and capable Reservists.

The strategic priority has been to secure and sustain access to and availability of the skilled, capable people needed to deliver Defence outputs.

Employer engagement activities work towards three principal objectives:

  • Raising awareness of Armed Forces personnel.
  • Establishing new relationships with employers.
  • Sustaining current relationships.

East Midlands RFCA supports over 2,150 reservists and engages with over 4,650 employer contacts, providing information, guidance and advice on all matters relating to Defence personnel including:

  • How to develop a reservist HR policy
  • Information on reservists’ training obligations
  • The potential benefits of employing reservists
  • Employers’ legal rights and responsibilities
  • Financial assistance when a reservist employee is mobilised
  • Providing feedback comments to the MOD

For advice or information contact:

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional Employer Engagement Director

Tel: 0115 924 8627   Email:  em-empsp@rfca.mod.uk

Catherine Suckling, East Midlands Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director

Tel: 01159 248622  Email: em-areed@rfca.mod.uk

Employing Reservists

Employers visit RAF Waddington

Employers went for a behind the scenes look at life as a reservist at RAF Waddington.

Travis Perkins sign the Armed Forces Covenant

Leicester Hospitals Trust enjoy a team-building day with the Army Reserve

A team from the University Hospitals of Leicester have taken part in an away day with the Army Reserve at Kendrew Barracks.

Exercise Executive Stretch 2016

Nine organisations from across the East Midlands sent employees to take part in leadership training and activities designed to develop their management, communication and problem solving skills.

Employing reservists in small businesses

Eddie Mewies from M-EC in Leicestershire describes the benefits of employing reservists.

Gold award for Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has received a Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award.

M-EC activity day hosted by the Army Reserve

A number of employees from a Leicestershire-based business took part in a military-themed activity event in September 2015 to learn more about life as a Reservist.

Employers experience a ‘behind the wire’ training experience

More than 70 employers took part in a ‘behind the wire’ tour of an Army Training Centre at Chetwynd Barracks to give them an insight into training activities undertaken by members of the Reserve Forces.

Jordan Flint from MEC talks about the benefits of employing Reservists.

M-EC currently employ a number of Reservists and explain how doing so is beneficial to their business

“Whitehouse Construction proactively supports the Armed Forces Community and are always seeking to use the skills of veterans, serving personnel and their families in the organisation.

- Director Robert Ewart-Sear from Whitehouse Construction

“The Club was delighted to sign the Armed Forces Covenant. We have always had a strong relationship with the Royal Air Force and the Army and so it was perfectly natural for us to sign. We hope to strengthen our bond with the services and with the men and women that serve our country.”

- Managing Director Kevin Cooke from Lincoln City Football Club

“We are delighted to support our staff who are Reservists. They can gain specialist skills through their roles in the Armed Forces which are beneficial to our business"

- Stella Salt, HR Manager at Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

“The opportunity to visit Royal Marine Reservists in Norway was truly inspiring. I have always had an admiration for those who dedicate their lives to serving our country, but to see the camaraderie, determination, leadership and teamwork that is displayed in minus 15 degree conditions, was amazing."

- Damien West from Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

“I understand the value of Reservists in the work place. In my experience the Reservists at ITB Fabrications have been disciplined individuals who have a ‘can do’ attitude."

- Ian Barnett, Managing Director at ITB Fabrications

"Skills such as leadership, problem-solving, decision making, communication and team building enhanced through Armed Forces training programmes, we believe are an excellent asset to our organisation."

- Linda Houtby, Principal at Grantham College


Signing the Armed Forces Covenant in Derbyshire Chief Constable Mick Creedon QPM and Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber TD DL

APRIL 12TH 2017

Derbyshire Police promises to support Forces personnel

Derbyshire Police have pledged to support military personnel past and present by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

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Signing the Armed Forces Covenant in Leicestershire

APRIL 10TH 2017

Leicestershire Police pledge to support the Armed Forces

Leicestershire Police have pledged to support military personnel past and present by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

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TMS staff with their Bronze award

MARCH 24TH 2017

Grantham business reaches out to Armed Forces Community

A Grantham business, whose workforce includes a number of veterans, has pledged its support to the wider Armed Forces Community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and gaining the Bronze Defence Employer Recognition Award.

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Welbeck, The Defence Sixth Form College, Principal Peter Middleton and the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director John Wilson 1

MARCH 21ST 2017

Defence College signs the Armed Forces Covenant

Welbeck, The Defence Sixth Form College has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, ensuring all of their employees are treated fairly if they are currently serving with the Armed Forces as a reservist or have completed previous military service.

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MARCH 16TH 2017

Trust becomes latest to sign Armed Forces Covenant in Lincolnshire From left are Maj Charles Dickens of 2 Med Reg, John Wilson of MoD Employer Engagement, L L of Lincs Toby Dennis, Tim Couchman of ULHT and Dean Fathers, Chair of ULHT

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has officially pledged its support for the Armed Forces community.

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