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November 11th 2016

Awarded for supporting Defence personnel

Whitehouse Construction Co. Ltd receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Whitehouse Construction Co. Ltd receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

11 Local employers have been acknowledged for supporting Defence personnel and their families.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award recognises employers who have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, employ at least one member of the Armed Forces Community and actively communicate a positive attitude of support for their employees who are members of the Reserve Forces.

The award presentation, which took place on Thursday 10 November at Burleigh Court Hotel in Loughborough, saw award recipients each be presented a certificate for demonstrating their commitment to the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

John Wilson, the MOD’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, said: “It is important to recognise and reward employers who have shown both support and commitment to their reservist employees and the other members of the Armed Forces Community they employ.

“Demonstrating flexibility towards the training and mobilisation commitments of reservists, or by employing Cadet Force adult volunteers, veterans or military spouses, each of our award winners has shown they are committed to supporting the Armed Forces Community. The award event was a success with many of our attendees welcoming the opportunity to network with other regional employers who have similar policies and support procedures to themselves.”

Feedback from employers at the event:

Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Graham Brookes, Operations Manager in the Health and Safety Division at Lloyds Employment Law, himself an ex Royal Marine, attended the presentation. He explained: “As a company we recognise the valuable skills and experience that Defence personnel have assimilated are transferable into our way of operating, and are considered equally as important as academic qualifications when recruiting new members of staff.

“We are very proud and delighted to have been honoured by the Employer Recognition Scheme Award and remain committed to continuing our support for the Armed Forces.”

RecruitMe receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

RecruitMe

Chris Buck, Managing Director, at RecruitME, attended the event. He said: “Being a veteran owned company, I am extremely proud of our strong military heritage, ethos and continued support to the Armed Forces, so to be recognised for this commitment is extremely rewarding.

“Without batting an eyelid, the Armed Forces Community make sacrifices on a daily basis for us. We have made it our personal mission to give back to them and enable them to make as comfortable as transition in to civilian employment as possible.

“We currently work with some incredible clients across the UK, placing reservists, veterans and service leavers and as well as us, they are completely committed to the idea of supporting the military community and our great country. When it comes to hiring talent from the military community, our clients share our vision that the skills and training reservists, veterans and service leavers bring in to businesses is extremely valuable.

“We are delighted to have received the Award; it’s testament to the hard work the RecruitME Team put in, and how we have immersed ourselves in working with and educating clients to really believe in hiring from our military family.”

ESS Support Services Worldwide receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

ESS

Chris Garside, Managing Director at ESS Support Services Worldwide, said: “We are delighted to receive this award. We recognise the sacrifices made by those who serve or have served in our Armed Forces. Both they and their families deserve not just our gratitude, but our practical support and assistance and it is only right that we seek to do what we can to create a more flexible and understanding work environment.

“We support the Armed Forces community in a number of ways, including our commitment to employ ex service personnel across our business and have an excellent track record in doing so. Another example is our recent announcement to provide an extra 10 days of paid leave to those who are in the Reserve Forces.”

TQ Education and Training Ltd receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

TQ Education and Training Ltd

Martyn Leader, Vice President of Pearson TQ, said: “Pearson TQ feels privileged to have been awarded silver level recognition under the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Employer Recognition Scheme.  We deliver education and training to thousands of MOD civil service and armed services learners every year, and the significant proportion of ex armed services people that we employ are critical to doing this well.”

Whitehouse Construction Co. Ltd receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Whitehouse Construction Co. Ltd

Brell Ewart, Chairman and Chief Executive of Whitehouse Construction, attended the event.  He said: “We as a company are delighted and committed to give support and assistance to personnel who are prepared to give their time as members of our Armed Forces. Without the work and service they give, every single one of our lives would be different to the generally secure world in which we carry out our day to day business and living.

“For the part we have played in this support as an employer, we are honoured to receive the award, and this inspires us to give continued commitment in this very worthwhile cause.”

Loughborough University receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Loughborough University

Rob Allan, HR Director, at Loughborough University, explained: “Loughborough University is delighted to achieve this recognition for part of our wide range of involvement with the Armed Forces and we look forward to building further on this in the future.”

Remploy receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Remploy

Gareth Parry, Remploy Chief Executive, said his organisation was delighted to be recognised: “We greatly value the contribution made to this country by service personnel and we are honoured to support them into sustainable employment after they leave the Armed Forces.

“Support to the Armed Forces community in Remploy starts at board level and continues throughout the company in every department and team. We actively look to recruit service leavers and veterans and encourage colleagues to look at reservist or cadet volunteer careers.”

Royal Air Forces Association receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Royal Air Forces Association

Alyson Hunter, Director of HR and Volunteering at the RAFA, commented: “Supporting our Armed Forces community and all they do is a privilege. To recognise the commitment of our employees we have granted additional leave and flexibility to enable them to meet their training commitments. We are delighted to be recognised in this way and encourage other employers to consider this scheme.”

Cable Telecommunications Group receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

Cable Telecommunications Group

Martyn Cook, Group Chairman, at Cable Telecommunications Training Services, attended the awards evening. He said: “We at CTTS are grateful for the acknowledgement of our support for the Armed Forces Community.  We are proud to have a number of ex forces employees, who bring the forces ethos of respect, integrity, commitment and loyalty to the workplace for the benefit of the company and our clients.”

University of Lincoln receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

University of Lincoln

Ros Pepper, Head of Organisational Development at the University of Lincoln, said: “As an employer of choice we have a strong employee engagement and recognition framework that enables our staff to pursue interests and lifestyle choices beyond their role at the University, part of this supports those whom take up an active reservist role within the forces.”

RPS Newark receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from Vice Lord Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Murray Colville TD DL

RPS Newark

David Dunbar, Operational Director of RPS’ Newark office explained that the organisation currently employs a number of Armed Forces service leavers as well as four reservists: “As we all are, I am impressed by the commitment and dedication of our country’s Armed Forces. Their attitude, dedication and skills are an asset to our business; as we strive to deliver only the best consultancy services to our clients.”

11 organisations in total were awarded at the event from around the East Midlands.

Learn more about the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme here.

A full gallery of images from the night is available here.

“It is important to recognise and reward employers who have shown both support and commitment to their reservist employees and the other members of the Armed Forces Community they employ."