Employer Engagement

Ministry of Defence

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.

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.

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:

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional Employer Engagement Director

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

Cat Suckling, East Midlands Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director

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

Or for more general enquiries: employerrelations@rfca.mod.uk

Employing Reservists

Employers Visit MTMC

A group of East Midlands employers visited the Mission Training and Mobilisation Centre at Chetwynd Barracks.

Silver Employer Recognition Awards event 2017

21 public and private sector businesses were recognised for the support they have given to members of their teams who serve or have previously served our country at an event in November.

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

Gardner Aerospace signing

MARCH 19TH 2020

GARDNER AEROSPACE SIGNS ARMED FORCES COVENANT

One of the leading international manufacturers of aerospace parts, Gardner Aerospace, have signed the Armed Forces Covenant.  Gardner Aerospace are aware of the benefits that Reservists and service leavers bring to the workforce, as they already employ several themselves.

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Representatives of Leicester Tigers and the Uniformed Services.

FEBRUARY 19TH 2020

LEICESTER TIGERS MARK UNIFORMED SERVICES DAY BY SIGNING ARMED FORCES COVENANT

Leicester Tigers Rugby Club are the latest organisation in the East Midlands to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant.  A special matchday was held to celebrate the work of the region’s uniformed services.

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Representatives of the nine East Midlands universities

FEBRUARY 14TH 2020

NINE EAST MIDLANDS UNIVERSITIES IN JOINT RE-SIGNING OF ARMED FORCES COVENANT

The nine universities of the East Midlands celebrated the updating of their Armed Forces Covenants in a joint ceremony held at the University of Leicester recently. The revised agreements include new, clear-cut promises to support Armed Forces personnel.

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NOVEMBER 26TH 2019

Local employers set a shining example with Silver Awards

Twenty two public and private sector businesses from across the East Midlands were presented with Silver Awards in the Employer Recognition Scheme awards at a black-tie event in Leicester last week.  The awards are part of the Armed Forces Covenant scheme.

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OCTOBER 15TH 2019

Junior managers learn about Army leadership IMG 0788

The next generation of managers were given the opportunity to take part in a special course that aimed to teach them about Army leadership and how it can be applied to any workplace.

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