November 19th 2015

Edwinstowe charity awarded for supporting the Armed Forces Community

A charity who is based in Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, has received an award for showing their support to the Armed Forces Community.

SkillForce, a national education charity operating in more than 200 primary and secondary schools across England, Wales and Scotland, has received a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Certificate for demonstrating their support to military personnel and their families and for pledging that support through the Armed Forces Corporate Covenant.

The organisation attended a presentation dinner at held at Kelham Hall in Nottinghamshire on Wednesday 18 November.

Janet Ford, Head of Corporate Partnerships at SkillForce, said: “At SkillForce we employ a number of veterans and service leavers who can use their experience in serving their country to now serve their community. Our people bring the values and experience of their military backgrounds to act as role models in the lives of children and young people with whom the charity works in partnership with their schools.”

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) Director, said: Employers awarded for supporting the Armed Forces communityEach of the employers awarded have HR policies and procedures relating to the support of Armed Forces personnel, they have shown flexibility towards Reservist employees’ training commitments and mobilisation as well as showing support towards those who volunteer as leaders in the Cadet Forces.

“The event at Kelham Hall was a success, with many of the attendees commenting they enjoyed speaking to other employers about their experiences of employing Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and the benefits this can bring to their business.”

11 employers from businesses around the East Midlands have been awarded in total for showing their support to the Armed Forces Community.

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“The purpose of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme is to recognise and reward those organisations who show their support towards defence."