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.

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:

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

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?

Representatives of the University of Derby holding a Gold ERS sign

November 29th 2021

Golden night for 11 East Midlands Employer Recognition Scheme winners

Local authorities, educational establishments and commercial companies spanning IT, recruitment and building materials were among the organisations honoured for their outstanding support for the military on Thursday 25th November at a regional ceremony to recognise the 2021 winners of the national Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards.

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Two men are sat at a table with one stood behind them.

November 17th 2021

Leicestershire Police Force re-signs Armed Forces Covenant

Leicestershire Police Force have re-signed the Armed Forces Covenant, renewing its pledge to support the Armed Forces Community.

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November 4th 2021

Armed Forces Covenant milestones for Local Parish Councils

Two Local Parish Councils in the East Midlands have achieved regional milestones for the Armed Forces Covenant, the pledge that can be signed by businesses, charities and local authorities alike to demonstrate their commitment to supporting the Armed Forces Community and ensure they are treated fairly.

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Armed Forces Covenant signing party meet Nigel the Puma

September 13th 2021

Lincolnshire Wildlife Park gives a roar of approval for the Armed Forces Covenant

Squawking, tweeting and roaring were the order of the day when Lincolnshire Wildlife Park recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant. The organisation has pledged to support the Armed Forces community and signed the Covenant in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and representatives of the Army.

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August 18th 2021

LLR ICS health and social care providers pledge support for Armed Forces community LLR ICS personnel outside the Victoria Building, Leicester Royal Infirmary Armed Forces Covenant e 07

The partnership which brings together those responsible for health and social care across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR) has pledged its support for the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.

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