Last night, four Welsh employers were presented with prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) ‘Gold Awards’ at a special ceremony.

The Ministry of Defence’s awards were presented by Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP at Lancaster House in London.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Cardiff and the Vale University Health Board, City and County of Swansea Council and the University of South Wales were recognised for being amongst Britain’s top 50 supporters of the Armed Forces.

“We’re very proud of the substantial differences all of the award recipients have made to the lives of reservists, service personnel and their families,” said Audrey Nealon, who has worked with the employers in her role as Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) for the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) for Wales.

“These awards are recognition of their substantial support, which helps reservists serve their country and ensure their transferable skills flow both ways.”

This year, a record number of businesses, charities and public sector bodies winning awards. Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for reservists.

Now in its fifth year, the MOD’s ERS Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.

The 50 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the armed forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.

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