October 18th 2016

Employer Engagement update – October 2016

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.



Employers may sign the Armed Forces Covenant to confirm publicly that they recognise the value that Defence personnel contribute to our country; the Covenant encourages them to develop a relationship with members of the Armed Forces community who work in their business or access their products or services.

Over 1200 organisations around the UK have signed the Covenant and 97 are in the East Midlands; those in the East Midlands who have signed since the previous edition of this magazine are:

Global Security Chauffeurs                                 Bradburys Global Risk                          Meditech Global Ltd

Institute of Directors East Midlands                   Warwick I C Systems Ltd                     Troops to Trade CIC

Coasters Hotel & Apartments                             Webs Training Ltd                                 MSR UK

One to One Support Services                             Kingsley Consulting Ltd                       Pennine Healthcare

Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust             Minster Surfacing Ltd                           Lagat

The Limes Residential Home                             Goodwill Solutions CIC

East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

Information on the Covenant can be found here

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 logoBronze.  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.

Silversilver logo 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 special regional events.

Goldgold logoEmployers 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.

In 2016, eighteen East midlands employers have registered for a Bronze award (to date), twelve received Silver awards and one received a Gold award.

The Silver award winners are listed here; they received their awards a regional ERS Dinner at Burleigh Court Loughborough on the 10th November 2016.

Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy           Whitehouse Construction Ltd            Recruit ME

Movements UK Corporation Ltd                       Loughborough University                  Remploy Ltd

RPS Planning & Development (Newark)        Royal Air Forces Association            University of Lincoln

ESS Support Services Worldwide                    TQ Education and Training                               CTTS Group

We congratulate Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust who were the only employer in the East Midlands to receive a Gold award in 2016. They were presented with their award by the Duke of Cambridge at a prestigious event at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on 12th October 2016.

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 training with the Army – for free 

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

You may be surprised to know that the Army’s greatest assets are not its tanks or missiles, but its people. The quality of its personnel give the British Army its cutting edge, enabling consistent success on operations and for the many other endeavours it is regularly tasked with. At the very heart of all this is effective leadership at every level.

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 the Army does leadership with relevance to you and the people in your organisation.

Exercises Executive Stretch and Future Leader provide free one-day (9.00 am to 5.30 pm) personal and professional development in the field of leadership. Delegates are introduced to the way the Army teaches leadership with a focus on both the theory and leadership in practice. The events will be held in Chetwynd Barracks, Chilwell, Nottingham NG9 6GX.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust team

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust team at a previous Executive Stretch event

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

Leading the way at Future Leader event

Leading the way at Future Leader event

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

Each event is tailored accordingly and delivered in an engaging and interactive way by selected Army personnel, with plenty of opportunity for thought provoking discussion and reflection. The events 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.

Leadership Theory. The Army has a clear and well defined leadership code which is underpinned by a strong set of values and standards. Leadership may be summed up as a blend of example, persuasion and compulsion. Leaders must have a number of essential qualities which they must develop and hone. The Army encourages a values based approach to leadership with a distinct influence on what you do and how you do it and summed up by doing the right thing on a difficult day when no-one is looking. This module will include interactive discussion and consideration to individual strengths and areas on which to focus further development.

Leadership in Practice. Projects and practical tasks require leadership, direction and effective management of people and resources. In terms of what leaders have to do, the Army continues to use Adair’s Leadership Model along with a practical checklist called The Functions in Command. This will be explained and brought to life in a practical, fun and challenging way with problem solving exercises. Delegates do not need to be physically fit, but they will need a bit of competitive spirit and a willingness to work in a team.

Photographs from a recent event can be seen here.

For queries or to enquire about dates and vacancies, contact:

John Wilson OBE DL: Regional Employer Engagement Director, East Midlands

Call:  0115 924 8627