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Some 22 employers have been awarded gold in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, announced. The scheme is designed to recognise and thank employers who are supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Examples of the support being provided by this year’s winners include offering employment opportunities to veterans, helping Reservist employees to complete their military training and ensuring that Service personnel and their families are treated fairly. This year’s winners include large and small organisations from across the country, representing the public and private sectors. The awards go to:
AECOM, Atos UK Ltd, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Boeing Defence UK Ltd, Bureau Veritas, DJ Rees Decorating Services Limited, Doncaster Council, Dundee City Council, Hampshire County Council, HSBC, Kier Group, KPMG, Nationwide Building Society, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Pertemps, QinetiQ, RBS, Scottish Ambulance Service, Surrey County Council, TA Plastic Supplies Ltd, United Utilities and Waves Training Solutions Ltd.
Mr Fallon said: “Every year the level of support from companies across Britain for the Armed Forces continues to grow. This commitment is making a real difference to everyone who serves and their families – whether giving Reservists more time to train or supporting veterans or spouses, they embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about.”
To qualify for a Gold Award, employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates, encouraging others to do likewise.