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

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

Paul Devlin

AUGUST 14TH 2017

NHS Trust awarded for supporting Defence

Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) have joined four other Lincolnshire-based organisations in receiving a Silver Award for the commitment they have demonstrated in supporting the Armed Forces community.

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Richard Fuller, Managing Director at County Battery

AUGUST 14TH 2017

Five Nottinghamshire organisations achieve Silver Awards in Nottinghamshire

A leading battery supplier based in Nottinghamshire has joined four other local organisations in achieving an award for the support they have given to Armed Forces personnel and their families in the workplace.

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Armed Forces Covenant signing at Travis Perkins PLC

AUGUST 14TH 2017

Achieving Silver Awards in Northamptonshire

Three organisations based in Northamptonshire have been awarded a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for the commitment they have demonstrated in supporting Defence and employing members of the Armed Forces community.

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Adult volunteer at organisation's Armed Forces Covenant signing

AUGUST 8TH 2017

Travis Perkins wins prestigious award

Travis Perkins Plc, the UK’s largest supplier of building materials to the construction, DIY and home improvement markets, has been recognised for their work supporting the Armed Forces with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award.

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JULY 27TH 2017

Jelson Homes Ltd pledges to support the Armed Forces Community Jelson Homes Ltd sign the Armed Forces Covenant group

A Leicestershire based developer has cemented its support for Service personnel and their families by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

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