March 23rd 2017

Employer Engagement update – March 2017

John Wilson

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.

Many employers in the East Midlands have signed the Covenant to confirm publicly that they recognise the value that Defence personnel contribute to our country; the Covenant encourages employers to develop a relationship with members of the Armed Forces community who work in their business or access their products or services.

Over 1500 organisations around the UK have signed the Covenant and 144 are in the East Midlands; those in the East Midlands who have signed since the previous edition of this magazine are:

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust               Wilko Retail Limited                                 Function Jigsaw

Welbeck – The Defence Sixth Form College             Red Rose Housing                                      J. Tomlinson

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service                            Motorfinity                                                  Armourgeddon Ltd

Framework Housing Association                               Cathodic Protection Co Ltd                     We Fix Feet Limited

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service                              Elite Forces Recruitment                         In ’n’Out Centres Ltd

UK Veterans Hearing Help                                           Investors in Community                          eyguard UK Limited

County Battery Services Ltd                                         Stage Systems Ltd                                     DG Cars

Spice Takeaway West Bridgford                                 Nationwide Health                                    MSA Transport Ltd

Unique Insurance Services Ltd                                    Medical Cosmetics                                  Cover Express Ltd

Curry Lounge (Nottingham) Limited                           All Star Motors                                        Trent Security

Urgent Electrical Services                                             Babylon Takeaway                                   Pakistan Forum

Karimia Mosque and Institute                                      Mother Help Age (UK)                          Buildbase

Pentalpha Exhibitions and Interiors                            Selden Research Ltd                             Blueprint Interiors Ltd

Owen Taylor & Sons Ltd                                                121 Systems Ltd                                      Atlantian Solutions

Autism Care UK Ltd                                                       Grantham College                                   Derby College

Vivaldi Conservatories                                                  Fred Sherwood Group                            Gleeds UK

Rangoon Point

Information on the Covenant can be seen at

Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises and rewards UK 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.

Bronze.  Employers who register with the scheme on-line, stating their intent to support Defence personnel, will receive a Bronze certificate and may choose to have their details on the website to show their intended support for Defence.Bronze award

Silver.  Employers who demonstrate support for Defence personnel through the Armed Forces Covenant may be nominated for a Silver award. Award winners will be listed on the Defence ERS website and will be presented with the Silver award at a special regional event; last year the East Midlands event thirteen recipients received their Awards at Burleigh Court, Loughborough.Silver award

Gold.  Employers who become advocates for the support of Defence personnel may be nominated for a Gold award.  Award winners will be listed on the Defence ERS website and will be presented with the Gold award at a special high profile national event. Last year, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, who were the only employer in the East Midlands to receive a Gold award in 2016 were presented with their award by the Duke of Cambridge at a prestigious event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.Gold award

In 2017 to date, fourteen East midlands employers have registered for a Bronze award. The nomination process for Silver closes on 28th April and for Gold on 15th June.

To register for a Bronze award or to see a full UK list of employers who have received awards go to the ERS website

Personal Development & Leadership Training
with the Army for civilian employees – FREE!

Would you benefit from free personal development training for your staff?

The Army’s greatest assets are not its tanks or missiles, but its people.

The quality of its personnel gives the British Army its cutting edge, enabling consistent success on a wide range of demanding tasks. At the very heart of this is effective leadership.

The Army is providing a unique opportunity for civilian organisations, big and small, public and private sector to gain some insight and learning from the way that the Army does leadership, with relevance to you and the people in your organisation.

On FREE one-day personal and professional development exercises, delegates are introduced to the way the Army teaches leadership, in theory and in practice.

 Executive Leader is for established leaders and supervisors in junior to middle management positions.

 Future Leader is for those not yet in a supervisory or management positions or those recently appointed.

Each event is delivered in an engaging and interactive way by selected Army personnel, with plenty of opportunity for thought provoking discussion. Each event comprises a morning session of presentations and syndicate discussions anchored around leadership theory, followed by an afternoon of fun outdoors, having a go at leadership in practice.

The events will be held in Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6GX

Photographs from a recent event can be seen here 

A video filmed at a recent event can be viewed here 

For queries or to enquire about dates and vacancies;

Please contact:
Catherine Suckling
East Midlands Regional Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director
Tel: 0115 924 8622