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May 12th 2016

Employers thanked for supporting the Armed Forces Community

Employers outside the Battle of Britain Operations Room and Museum

20 Employers from both public and private sector organisations have been thanked for supporting the Armed Forces Community by being invited to tour the Palace of Westminster and attend the Ceremony of the Keys.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) sponsored the group of employers to travel to London on Monday 9 May to experience a special day of activities that are not ordinarily open to the public.

The event saw attendees squeeze many activities into the visit to London including touring the House of Lords and House of Commons; having lunch at the prestigious RAF Club, visiting the Battle of Britain Operations Room in Northwood, visiting the Tower of London and attending the Ceremony of the Keys.

Phil Giles, East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association’s Derbyshire County Chairman, helped to organise the event.  He said: “Each of the employers who attended the event has shown their support to the Armed Forces community. Some have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, some currently or have previously employed reservists and others have taken the time to find out more about how they could support members of the Armed Forces and their families in the workplace.

“The purpose of this event was to thank each of the employers by taking them on a ‘money can’t buy’ tour of a number of the capital’s landmarks.”

Employer Engagement Director John Wilson, Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier and Derbyshire County Chairman Phil Giles

Employer Engagement Director John Wilson, Minister for Reserves Julian Brazier and Derbyshire County Chairman Phil Giles

Minister for Reserves, Julian Brazier, said:  “I was delighted to meet employers in the East Midlands who are clearly supportive of our Armed Forces.  Their approach is helping to create vital opportunities and a positive workplace environment for our Reserve Forces.”

Employers at the event commented: 

Mansfield District Council, who is supportive of Defence Personnel, attended this event. Councillor Sean McCallum, said:  “Mansfield District Council is in the process of signing the Armed Forces Covenant which is our pledge to support and help current and past members of the Armed Forces and their families.

“As a large employer we ensure our policies help our staff who are reservists and promote opportunities for people leaving the forces within the Council, we also welcome and value the skills and experience that Armed Forces personnel bring to our organisation. We will be working closely with the MOD over the coming months to enhance and build on our partnership – our Armed Forces family do so much to ensure we are able to have a good quality of life in peace and we should all do our best to value their contribution.”

Employers inside Westminster Hall

Employers inside Westminster Hall

Liz Fothergill, Chair of Pennine Healthcare, based in Derby, was one of the employers who attended the event. She said: “Not only do we all as citizens have an incredible debt of gratitude to our Armed Forces but as employers we have the opportunity to offer positive support to staff in their reservist roles. Flexibility and endorsement will result in highly trained staff who benefit from life changing training, bringing new skills back to the workplace, a win win situation.”

Graham Brookes, Health and Safety Operations Manager at Lloyds Employment Law Consultancy (LELC), who are based in Grantham, attended the visit. He said: “We were honoured to be invited to the London Heritage visit. At LELC we respect and appreciate those veterans who have served our nation and those who are prepared to give their service to the Reserve Forces, as such we are committed to offering the support and assistance we feel they rightly deserve and in return we receive invaluable strengths and skills which they bring to our business.”

Andrew Burgess, Deputy Chief Operating Officer in the Vice Chancellor’s Office at Loughborough University, attended the event. He said: “Loughborough University has strong links with Armed Forces and defence organisations both locally and nationally, with many of our students and staff involved in the services. As an institution, we endeavour to support the Armed Forces Community and we are delighted to have been able to be a part of the London Heritage Day”.

Brell Ewart, Chairman of Whitehouse Construction, based in Ashbourne, attended the event.  He said: “We were honoured to be invited to London to attend this heritage event which was a remarkable experience. We look forward to offering further support wherever possible under our Armed Forces Covenant in the East Midlands”. Whitehouse Construction signed the Armed Forces Covenant last year, and employ a number of former employees of the Armed Forces at all levels within their business.
 

“I was delighted to meet employers in the East Midlands who are clearly supportive of our Armed Forces."