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.

Objectives

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

Executive Leader 2017

Exercise Executive Leader took place at Chetwynd Barracks in Nottingham on 20 September and included presentations and syndicate discussions on the theory of leadership, followed by some practical problem solving activities outdoors.

162 Regiment leadership event at The University of Nottingham

A leadership event hosted by the Army's 162 Regiment took place at The University of Nottingham in August 2017.

Behind the wire at Chetwynd Barracks

More than 50 representatives from local employers experienced a unique visit to a specialist Army training facility, normally out of reach to members of the public, in July 2017.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust sign Armed Forces Covenant

The Trust pledged its support to military personnel past and present by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

Nottingham City Transport support Reserves Day

Nottingham City Transport supported Reserves Day this year by allowing its employees to wear their military uniforms in to their civilian workplace on 21 June.

Raising a flag in Nottinghamshire

A flag was raised at County Hall in West Bridgford to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week 2017.

Nottinghamshire County Council support Reserves Day

Reserves Day 2017 took place on 21 June and an event was organised outside County Hall to show support to the Armed Forces.

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

EMPLOYERS: WHAT'S GOING ON

High fives all round

OCTOBER 17TH 2017

County employees on Exercise Future Leaders

Employees from across the East Midlands came together to learn leadership skills from Reserve Forces at a special event on Saturday (October 14).

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Reservists from 162 Regiment, Royal Logistic Corps were on hand to pass on their knowledge

OCTOBER 16TH 2017

Weekend round-up – 16 October 2017

Reserve Forces and cadets came together this weekend for Operation Steelback.

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East Midlands employers meet reservists in Denmark

OCTOBER 9TH 2017

Employers experience reserve training in Denmark

Four representatives from both public and private sector organisations had the opportunity to visit reservists on their annual training exercise in Denmark.

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Brell Ewart and John Wilson

SEPTEMBER 25TH 2017

Ashbourne business raises funds for military rehabilitation centre

An Ashbourne-based construction company has raised £6,700 for the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC).

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SEPTEMBER 21ST 2017

Employers complete Army leadership training exercise Teams worked together to solve problems

46 representatives from employers of the public and private sector, including councils, NHS Trusts, engineering consultants, solicitors and the Emergency Services have taken part in an Army-based leadership exercise to gain some insight into how the Army does leadership, with relevance to their business environments.

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