Gold award for supporting our armed forces

The Ministry of Defence today announced its 2015 Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Gold winners including Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) recognises employers who actively support defence and encourage organisations to adopt the same behaviours in their workplace. 

To qualify for a gold award employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates for support and commitment to Defence personnel. 

Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon said:

“The support that these companies provide is making a real difference to our armed forces community. Whether allowing reservists the time to train or supporting veterans and spouses, they embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about.”

This year the awards focused particularly on commitments to employ Reservists, veterans, and forces family members. Commenting on the support received, Army veteran and AA Recovery Patrol of the Year Mo Moran said:

“Working at the roadside presents various challenges so you need to act calmly and decisively in whatever situation you face. The experience and skills I gained in the military help me deal with the unexpected and bring a professional focus to the job. These qualities are ideal for the AA, which offers a range of support for former service personnel and reservists.”

Associate Director of HR, Dr Mike Seeley is delighted by the announcement: “This hugely prestigious award recognises the commitment of those in our organization who in some way support the armed forces, whether it be serving personnel, veterans or family members. We are particularly proud to support our medical reservists, nurses, doctors and others who dedicate their time and skills to helping others in need”.