May 14th 2014


A number of employers got the opportunity to visit the Palace of Westminster, a World War Two Battle of Britain Operations Room at a former RAF station and the Tower of London to see the Ceremony of the Keys as part of an Employer Engagement event on Monday 12 May.

The event was organised by East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association (RFCA) and SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reserves and Employers) to thank employers for supporting the volunteer Reserve Forces and to find out more about the important role they play serving alongside their regular (full-time) counterparts.

John Wilson, East Midlands Regional SaBRE Director, said: “Events such as this are of great benefit to employers as they able to share best practice and personal experiences of employing Reservists with other regional business contacts.

“During the visit Ministry of Defence certificates of support were presented to supportive employers by Lord Astor of Hever DL, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Defence) and positive feedback was received from all involved.”

Steven Hancock, Deputy General Manager at the Ramada Encore in Leicester attended the event, he said: “The day has been very enjoyable. It has been interesting to learn more about the Reserve forces and what our Reservist, who works for us as a Chef, does when he is away from the Ramada Encore.

“Since joining the Army Reserve, I believe our Reservist has become noticeably more disciplined and has been passing on his knowledge and experience to the rest of the team.”

Toby Barnes, Head of Resourcing at Travis Perkins PLC in Northamptonshire, who also attended the event, said: “We recognise the contribution made to society by our Armed Forces and we’re delighted to employ a number of Reservists across our organisation, in a number of varying roles. Today has been really valuable in giving us the opportunity to talk to other organisations about the policies they have in place that can enable these men and women to have a successful career, while building complimentary skills and experience through the Reserve forces.”

Phil Giles, East Midland’s RFCA’s Derbyshire County Chairman, helped to organise the event, he said: “Employers present at the event included small, medium and large employers from throughout the East Midlands.

“There are many potential benefits to employers from skills and attributes gained from Reservist training, such as their ability to prioritise tasks, think on their feet, solve problems, their increased communication skills and further military training which often benefits their civilian life and career.

“The event was a great success, with many commenting this was an experience they will remember for a long time.”