We’re delighted to announce that 13 organisations in Wales have achieved the Silver ERS Award 2020.
This follows on the heels of our recent announcement of nine Gold ERS awards in the region.
The prestigious Silver ERS Award made by the Ministry of Defence recognise employers who have actively demonstrated their support for the Armed Forces community through implementing practical policies in the workplace. The organisations that have achieved the award are:
- Butterfly Data
- Coffee Blue Limited
- Defence Electronics & Components Agency
- Forces CV & Career Services
- Home Service Solutions Ltd
- Hugh James
- Jackson Fire & Security UK Ltd
- Pen-y-Graig Woodland Centre
- Pro Steel Engineering Limited
- Reachal Ltd
- Read Construction Holdings Limited
- Tree Frog Digital Limited
- Whitehead-Ross Education and Consulting Limited
Under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, employers support Defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. The scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for Defence and the Armed Forces community. To achieve Silver, organisations must proactively demonstrate that the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruitment policies. They must also actively ensure their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards Defence people issues for veterans, reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said:
“The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location. I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adapted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation. I am delighted that so many companies are supporting our people and that, through this scheme, we can give them the public recognition they deserve.”
Audrey Nealon, Regional Employer Engagement Director for Wales said, “I am delighted that we can announce 13 Silver ERS 2020 award winners for Wales. I know all of these organisations have worked hard to support Defence objectives and they are all very worthy winners.
“These employers provide inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps. We’re delighted to see Welsh workplaces become more creative and flexible in their methods to support the Armed Forces. The strength of the ERS continues to grow and we warmly welcome new employers who wish to take their first step and pledge their support.”
Richard Selby, Managing Director of Pro Steel Engineering Limited said, “We are delighted to have been recognised with a Silver Award as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. Working with the RFCA for Wales we have been able to implement policies and working practices to support veterans, families and reservists from the Armed Forces. From our experience employing staff with military experience has helped to strengthen our business and we hope this award helps to encourage veterans and reservists to continue to work with us in the future.”
Steve Jackson, Managing Director of Jackson Fire & Security UK Ltd, said, “We are delighted to have been recognised for our commitment to the Armed Forces with the Silver Employment Recognition Scheme. Having signed the Armed Forces Covenant in June 2019, we were keen to follow this up by demonstrating our hands on support to veterans, reservists and cadets.
“We are always looking for ways to involve the Armed Forces in our recruitment and training and we have had great success with veterans coming on board, learning new skills and progressing in our industry. We are pleased to demonstrate this with our award which will hopefully attract more Armed Forces personnel to apply for roles within our organisation, but also encourage other businesses to show their commitment to the Armed Forces.”
2020 marks the seventh year of the award scheme and this year winners across the UK come from micro organisations or SMEs right up to large public organisations. This demonstrates both the growth in numbers and the depth of supportive employers who cover a wide range of sectors and company size. In addition to these Silver Award winners, Wales has nine Gold winners this year.
To find out more about the ERS and how your organisation could support Defence personnel in the workplace through the Armed Forces Covenant contact:
- Mrs Audrey Nealon, Regional Engagement Director, firstname.lastname@example.org. Tel: 029 2037 5734 Mob:07970 493086
- Tony Fish, Regional Employer Engagement Director for North Wales, email@example.com Mold Office. Tel: 01352 752782 Mob:07508 193902
Watch out for more insight to our Silver winners coming soon.