On the 17th August 2014 the Prime Minister launched the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment towards Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper “Reserves in the Future Forces 2020”.
There are three tiers of award – Bronze, Silver and Gold – for employers who first pledge, then demonstrate, then advocate support to the Armed Forces Community in alignment with the Armed Forces Covenant.
Employers can register themselves for the Bronze Award to register their intent to be a supportive employer of the Armed Forces Community.
Employers who register for the Bronze Award will have their details published on the website to publicly indicate their support.
To register your intent of support visit the Employer Recognition Scheme website, or follow this link to find the form.
The Silver Award recognises those employers who actively demonstrate support made in their Armed Forces Covenant, and employ at least one member of the Armed Forces Community, be that a Reservist, Cadet Forces Adult Volunteer, Service Leaver or military spouse.
Employers must be nominated for a Silver Award by a third party via the Employer Recognition Scheme website. Silver Award winners will be recognised at Regional events.
The Gold Award recognises those employers who qualify at the Silver level, but are also advocates of Defence, as evidenced by publicity of the pledges and demonstrations of support made in their Covenant.
Employers must be nominated for a Gold Award by a third party via the Employer Recognition Scheme website.
Gold Award winners will be recognised at a National event; 2015 winners were hosted at No.10 by the Prime Minister.
For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant follow visit www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk.
If you would like more information about the Employer Recognition Scheme Award, and how your business can benefit from supporting the Armed Forces Community, contact Jon Beake, Regional Employer Engagement Director on 01823 250107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.