May 26th 2016

Employers take to the course for annual golf day

The 158 Regiment RLC team at the event

25 employers from across the East Midlands have taken to the golf course to learn more about the benefits of employing members of the Reserve Forces.

16 teams made up of both employers and reservists teed off from Erewash Valley Golf Club in Derbyshire as part of the defence employer engagement programme.

The event was organised by Long Eaton Rotary Club and saw teams take part in the event made up of employers from Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, and Derbyshire.

Three teams from 104 Battalion REME attended the eventJohn Wilson, Regional Employer Engagement Director said: “The golf day brings employers together to share their experiences of employing members of the Armed Forces Community. At the event they engage with each other and their reservist employees about the transferrable skills that reservists bring to the workplace.

This year was a great success with a record number of teams taking part in the event. I would like to thank each employer who took part for their continued support in employing members of the Reserve Forces within their businesses.”

Speaking at the event, employers said:

David Pengelley, Managing Director of David Pengelley Autocare said: “I currently employ one reservist and I’m extremely supportive of the training and other commitments that come with being in the Reserve Forces. The opportunities that come with being a reservist are fantastic and benefit businesses through transferrable skills.”

Stuart Boylan, Staff Governor at Grantham College said: “Members of the Reserve Forces benefit from unique training opportunities that you would not be able to experience in civilian life. This makes them invaluable to businesses, and here at Grantham College we support the Reserve Forces by allowing special leave for military commitments.”

Richard Cropley, Station Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “As a former member of the Armed Forces myself, I understand the importance of the work that the military do. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service employ a number of reservists and support the important work that members of the Armed Forces Community do in protecting our nation.”

The event took place on Wednesday 25 May.

To view the image gallery from the day, click here

“I currently employ one reservist and I’m extremely supportive of their training and other commitments."