Ashfield District Council were one of just five Nottinghamshire businesses to be presented a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme award at a recent event in Leicester.
The awards formally recognise the support the businesses provide to Defence personnel through having signed the Armed Forces Covenant.
To achieve a Silver Award, employers need to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and shown flexibility towards the annual training commitments and deployment of Reservists, whilst also supporting the employment of Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, service leavers, and military spouses and partners.
The awards were presented at Leicester Tigers Stadium by Colonel Adam Fraser-Hitchen, who commented: “There are two leading principles that epitomise the Armed Forces Covenant from my point of view: to ensure that our service personnel are not disadvantaged as a result of their commitment and service to their country, and to acknowledge that the badly injured and bereaved may need additional support throughout their lives.”
Gillian Welch, Armed Forces Lead Officer at Ashfield District Council, said: “We are humbled to be receiving this prestigious award. It marks our fantastic work, in not only showing how proud we are of those who have served for our country, but also that we are a veteran friendly employer as an authority.
“We will continue to be proud of the Armed Forces and ensure that service personnel, families and veterans can access the help and support available.”
The five Nottinghamshire winners were Ashfield District Council, Bentleigh Chase, Catena network, DEA Aviation and Rangoon Point. A total of 22 East Midlands employers were recognised at the event.
John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director, explained: “We were delighted to be able to present a total of 22 Silver awards to local businesses this year, a confirmation of the great commitment they give to supporting members of the Armed Forces community throughout the East Midlands.
“Employing military trained personnel is highly beneficial to employers; the skills and experiences developed through military training help employers to fill skill gaps in their businesses. These Silver award winners recognise that and actively seek to take advantage of it.”