The Ministry of Defence has officially recognised the top 50 supporters to the UK Armed Forces, presenting a Gold Award to each business, charity and public sector body named.
The 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award scheme recognises those organisations that have demonstrated outstanding support for both the Armed Forces Covenant and the defence community as a whole. The organisations may have won for a variety of reasons; from employing veterans and providing flexibility for reservists, to supporting ex-forces personnel as they transition out of the Armed Forces and into a brand new career.
Now in its fifth year, the MOD Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award scheme represents the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. Among this year’s varied award winners was infrastructure specialist Amey, Newcastle City Council and the University of South Wales.
The 50 winners have all been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with organisations from both the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership to promote the recruitment of service leavers, in addition to honouring individual pledges of support.
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners shows how business support for the armed forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation. We all have a role to play in ensuring that the armed forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.”
The full list of 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award winners can be found here.
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