The gold standard


Westcountry employers Landmarc Support Services and Salute My Job, were among a record fifty-one organisations that travelled to London to receive their Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards last week (12 November 2018).

The prestigious Lancaster House was the setting for the event and HRH the Earl of Wessex and the Secretary of State for Defence presented the worthy recipients with their certificates.

Now in its fifth year, the scheme represents the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve or have served, including their families. 

The support of businesses is vital to Defence People objectives including the recruitment and retention of Reservists, employment of Veterans and service partners and the Cadets movement. 

In return, the skills and training military personnel bring to their civilian employers include nationally recognised business and technical qualifications.  Softer transferable skills such as leadership, team working, strategy and problem-solving are also desirable in the modern workplace.

This relationship helps Defence and organisations to attract and keep the people they need.  When Defence People know their employers value their qualities, they feel less pressure to leave Defence. 

If a civilian employer helps their employees fulfil their military aspirations, they are less likely to look for a new job with a more supportive employer. 

To date, around 3000 organisations have pledged their support for the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. 

To learn more about the scheme click here.  #GoldERS2018


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