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

Kirstie Lawrence, East Midlands Deputy Regional Employer Engagement Director

Tel: 0115 924 8622  Email: em-enquiries@rfca.mod.uk

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

Employers: What's Going On?

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April 7th 2022

800th Armed Forces Covenant signing in East Midlands

The Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) continues to thrive in the East Midlands, with Primary Integrated Community Services (PICS) becoming the 800th organisation in the region to sign the pledge.

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March 23rd 2022

Charity that ‘saved Sergeant Major’s life’ signs Armed Forces Covenant

A former Sergeant Major from Luton who suffered extreme Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after fighting for his country for 22 years has credited a veteran service for “bringing him back to life”.

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A group of people stand with with statues of soldiers.

March 18th 2022

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust re-commits to Armed Forces Covenant

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust has re-committed itself to the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated its support of the Armed Forces Community at a ceremony at County Hall.

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Lt Col Buxton and Cllr Cooke with (from left) Bruce Spencer, Cllr Griffin, Cllr Mason and Cllr Ward

March 17th 2022

South Kesteven District Council renews commitment to Armed Forces Covenant

South Kesteven District Council has renewed its commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) in a re-signing ceremony, continuing its support for the Armed Forces Community.

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February 4th 2022

Nottinghamshire Police re-signs Armed Forces Covenant Two people sat at a table and three more stood behind them.

Nottinghamshire Police have re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC), continuing their commitment to support the Armed Forces Community. The force already hold a Silver in the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), and last signed the AFC in October 2017.

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