Forces Employment Charity receives Gold ERS Award!

We’re proud to announce that the Forces Employment Charity has been awarded the Gold Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Award for demonstrating our commitment to helping members of the military and their families.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards and recognises companies for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting personnel transitioning out of the Armed Forces into civilian life, and providing flexibility for reservists.

At the Forces Employment Charity, many of our staff are members of the military community, both veterans and spouses. We recognise the contribution that the Armed Forces and their families make to our nation and signed the Armed Forces Covenant to demonstrate our support.

Our commitment to supporting Service leavers, veterans and their families includes:

  • Attendance at all CTP job fairs.
  • Attendance at, and promotion of, Armed Forces Day and Reserves Day.
  • Improving our HR offer to Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.
  • Chairing the Veterans Employer Advisory Board.
  • Chairing the COBSEO Employment Cluster and feeding our findings to the MoD via the Office for Veterans Affairs.
  • Chairing the COBSEO Subcluster for spousal employment, working closely with all three Family Federations.

Alistair Halliday, the Forces Employment Charity’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted to achieve ERS Gold status. This is a testament to the hard work of all our staff and recognises the charity’s considerable achievements in supporting the Armed Forces community since 1885. We’re fully committed to increasing the support we offer, ensuring veterans and their families receive the assistance they need to reach their full potential and feel successful and fulfilled in their civilian careers.”

Dr Andrew Murrison, Minister for Defence People, Veterans and Service Families, said: “I would like to thank all the organisations that have been recognised in this year’s awards. I’m delighted that we have seen so many organisations recognised with a gold award. Their continued support demonstrates the unique benefits and strengths that our Armed Forces community can bring to the workplace.”

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