July 28th 2016

Employer Engagement update – July 2016

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) must deliver sufficient, capable and motivated manpower and provide appropriate support to the Defence community, regulars, reserves, civilians and their families, before, during and after their service.

To support that, the MOD’s employer engagement strategy aims to establish mutually-beneficial relationships with employers (and their representative bodies) in order to provide effective support for Defence’s and employers’ recruitment, retention, resettlement, rehabilitation and business objectives.

Employer support and goodwill towards the Armed Forces is often expressed through Corporate Social Responsibility policies. For that to be sustainable, Defence understands the need for mutual benefit, which is achieved primarily through the transfer, development and sharing of skills and skilled manpower between the Armed Forces and employers.

Key objectives for Defence include: the recruitment and retention of reservists; the resettlement and employment of regular personnel at the end of their service; the rehabilitation and employment of wounded, injured and sick; the employment of spouses/civil partners of Service personnel; the recruitment of and support for Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.

Information about the Reserve Forces and matters relating to the employment of Defence personnel can be found on the government website.

The Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation to ensure that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The Covenant is a national responsibility involving government, local authorities, businesses and charities.

Businesses sign the Covenant to confirm publicly that they recognise the value serving personnel, Regulars and Reservists, Veterans and military families contribute to our country; the Covenant encourages businesses to develop a relationship with members of the Armed Forces community who work in their business or access their products or services.

Over 1000 organisations around the UK have signed the Covenant and 89 are in the East Midlands; those who have pledged support since the previous eNewsletter are (listed in no particular order):

  • Meditech Global Ltd
  • Warwick I C Systems Ltd
  • Institute of Directors, East Midlands
  • Troops to Trade CIC
  • Coasters Hotel & Apartments
  • Webs Training Ltd
  • MSR UK
  • The Limes Residential Home
  • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

For more information see the Armed Forces Covenant website.

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

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The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises and rewards employers for their support to Defence personnel. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and align their support with the Armed Forces Covenant.silver logo

The Scheme was launched in 2014 and in the East Midlands to date, 41 employers have registered for a Bronze award; 91 have received a Silver award and 3 have received a Gold award. Awards for 2016 are to be announced soon.

To see a list of employers who have received awards or to register for a Bronze award, go to the employer recognition scheme website.
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For information or queries on any Defence personnel matter, contact:

John Wilson OBE DL: Regional Employer Engagement Director:;   0115 924 8627