Employer Engagement

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Employer Engagement is an important part of achieving Defence objectives. It is the main activity required to develop and sustain strong, positive, mutually-beneficial relationships between employers and the Ministry of Defence, to support Armed Forces 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.

Our 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 2200 Reservists and engages with over 3000 active 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:

Bruce Spencer, East Midlands Regional Employer Engagement Director

Tel: 07834 031 986  Email: em-enquiries@rfca.mod.uk

Kirstie Lawrence, East Midlands Deputy Regional Employer Engagement Director

Tel: 0115 8383 210  Email: em-enquiries@rfca.mod.uk

Or for any general enquiries: em-enquiries@rfca.mod.uk

Employers: What's Going On?

Kirstie Lawrence pictured at the 2022 ERS Gold Awards ceremony in the East Midlands.

September 11th 2023

Ex-Sea Cadet appointed MoD Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands

Kirstie Lawrence has been appointed as the new Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in the East Midlands.

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Guests at the Boots & Berets Awards ceremony.

September 6th 2023

Boots & Beret Awards: Nottinghamshire County Council celebrates Forces friendly organisations

Organisations and individuals who support the Armed Forces in Nottinghamshire were recognised at the County Council’s inaugural Boots & Beret Awards ceremony.

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Northamptonshire Town Council re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

July 13th 2023

Hundreds gather for Armed Forces celebration in Northamptonshire

Northamptonshire Town Council organised a special celebration to mark Armed Forces Day.

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A stock image from the 2022 Gold Awards

July 12th 2023

Alstom, Northamptonshire Police and Toyota amongst winners of Ministry of Defence Gold Award

Congratulations to the 14 Armed Forces champions from the East Midlands which have been celebrated in the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme.

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July 5th 2023

Pall-Ex delivers major haul of Armed Forces Covenant signings Pall-Ex signed the Armed Forces Covenant in front of their special livered truck.

Pall-Ex (UK) has once again demonstrated its firm commitment to supporting the military by encouraging 70 of its subsidiaries to sign or resign the Armed Forces Covenant.

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