Nineteen Welsh employers have received Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) ‘Silver Awards’ from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for their support of the armed forces community.
The winners include local authorities and private sector employers, ranging from micro-employers to small and medium-sized enterprises based in Wales.
They will be formally presented with their certificates at the prestigious 2019 Armed Forces in Wales and ERS Silver Awards Ceremony at St Fagans in November.
Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:
“These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.
“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:
“Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.
“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”
The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises those who demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant – a pledge from the nation that those who serve or who have served and their families are treated fairly.
Silver award winners must meet varied criteria, such as; employ at least one individual from the armed forces community, actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies, demonstrate support to mobilisations of reservists and provide at least five days additional leave for training.
The full list of 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award winners from Wales is:
1940s Swansea Ltd.
Blaenau Gwent county Borough Council
Cardiff & Vale College
Forces Fitness Ltd.
GAP personnel holdings Ltd
Hannaman Material Handling Latd.
Helix Tactical Ltd.
North Wales Police
TATA steel Europe
The British Training Board
Therapies 4 Services
Velindre University NHS Trust
Worthington & Jones Ltd.
Wrexham County Borough Council
Alun Griffiths Contracting
Public Health Wales
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