19 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 2018 Armed Forces in Wales and ERS Silver Awards Ceremony at St Fagans in November.
The Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, said: “I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the armed forces community.
“The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the armed forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
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 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver award winners from Wales is:
Basel Cottage Holidays
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Charmwood Risk Management Limited
Coleg y Cymoedd
Empower – Support for the Voluntary Sector Limited
Enbarr Enterprises Limited
Firing Line Museum of the Queen’s Dragoon Guards and The Royal Welsh
Flintshire County Council
G Force Telecomms Limited
Hazelwood Carpentry Contractors Limited
Pervade Software Limited
Pinnacle Document Solutions Limited
The British Warships Association Community Interest Company
The Star Bunkhouse
The Wye Forward Limited
Torfaen County Borough Council
Wagtail UK Limited