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June 12th 2017

Employers tour the Palace of Westminster

Employers from the East Midlands pictured after the visit to the Palace of Westminster

Employers from the East Midlands pictured after the visit to the Palace of Westminster

20 Employers from Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire had the opportunity to tour the Palace of Westminster as a thank you for supporting the Armed Forces community.

The group, from both public and private sector organisations, travelled to London in May as part of a Ministry of Defence (MOD) sponsored experience full of activities that are not typically open to the public.

Each of the organisations chosen to attend the event either currently employ a reservist, veteran or Cadet Force adult volunteer, or have employed a member of these groups previously.

Guests enjoyed a guided tour through the Houses of Parliament and were able to ask any questions they had about the building’s architecture, stunning art and how the different rooms they saw have been used by politicians and members of the Royal Family. Some of the areas visited included Westminster Hall, the Queen’s Robing Room and the Lords Chamber.

Employers during the visit to the Palace of Westminster

Employers during the visit to the Palace of Westminster

Later in the day, the employers also had the opportunity to visit the Battle of Britain Operations Room in Northwood, visit the Tower of London and attend the prestigious Ceremony of the Keys.

Catherine Suckling, the MOD’s Assistant Regional Employer Engagement Director in the East Midlands, said: “Increasing understanding about the role of our Reserve Forces and how members of the Armed Forces family can have a positive impact on civilian businesses is vital to us. Members of the Reserve Forces complete thousands of pounds worth of training each year in subjects such as leadership, management and team-building all of which are transferable into the civilian workplace.

“We were delighted to be able to invite a number of employers, some of which have already signed the Armed Forces Covenant, to join us in London to say thank you for allowing their employees the flexibility to complete military training or deploy on operations.”

Feedback from employers who attended the event

April Hunt, HR Manager at Pattonair who is based in Derby, said: “Supporting the Armed Forces Community is something we have been involved in for a number of years. The Armed Forces are really important to the country and to us as a business so we need to make sure we are supporting our staff who are reservists in any way we can.

“We recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant pledging our support to Defence and we are currently working towards achieving a Silver Award in the Employer Recognition Scheme. We wanted to attend the engagement event in London to build our knowledge and network with other like-minded businesses.”

Craig Day, a Station Manager at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is proud to support the Armed Forces. There are many synergies between the organisations, with team work, a hard work ethic and community engagement fundamental to each.  Firefighters develop a diverse set of skills as they protect their local communities, which they can further build upon with the training they receive whilst they protect the nation’s interests as a reservist.

“The London Heritage Day was a fantastic opportunity to appreciate the value that reservists add to our Armed Forces, as they combine their unique blend of skills and experiences from their normal place of work with the skills and experiences of their full-time Armed Forces counterparts.”

Chris Sisson, Managing Director at 121 Systems, said: “I think it’s very important that businesses support the Armed Forces because the expertise that personnel gain is fantastic, and this learning can be transferred back into the civilian workplace.”

“Increasing understanding about the role of our Reserve Forces and how members of the Armed Forces family can have a positive impact on civilian businesses is vital to us. Members of the Reserve Forces complete thousands of pounds worth of training each year in subjects such as leadership, management and team-building all of which are transferable into the civilian workplace."