Twenty-five London-based organisations have been presented with an Armed Forces Covenant Employers Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award for their support to the Armed Forces. The award is the Ministry of Defence’s badge of honour for organisations that demonstrate concrete support to Service personnel, veterans, and their families.
The organisations range from international businesses to small local enterprises as well as local government, an NHS Trust and a military housing charity. They all employ Reservists and/or veterans, and have actively demonstrated their support for defence personnel including giving additional leave to Reservists to attend training; advertising jobs to people leaving the Armed Forces; offering work placements or interviews to veterans; and encouraging staff to join the Reserve Forces or to become a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer.
The Silver Awards were presented by Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Commodore David Elford, Royal Navy Regional Commander for Eastern England, Brigadier Michael McGovern, Deputy Commander London District and Air Commodore Richard Barrow OBE, Air Commodore Air Staff.
Congratulating the winners, Tobias Ellwood said:
“This year’s winners are setting an example to other organisations, showing the wealth of skills and unique experiences the Armed Forces can bring to a wide range of industries. The winners should be proud of the work they are doing to support the Armed Forces Community.”
The awards ceremony, held at Trinity House, heard how supportive employers can make a difference to the lives of people connected to the Armed Forces from Anna Wright, Chief Executive of the Naval Families Federation and former Royal Engineer Michael Coates.
Among those attending the ceremony was Army veteran Barry Harris who now works as a Senior Consultant for Silver Award winner Proelium Law LLP, he said:
“As a veteran fast approaching my 60’s, Proelium Law took a leap of faith and employed me. It’s wonderful to be working again. I have a renewed sense of self-worth.”
The twenty five companies who received an Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award were: Alexander Mann Solutions, Amazon UK Limited, Amazon Web Services, Amec Foster Wheeler, American Express, Appt Corporation, British Airways, CAPCO, City of London Corporation, EY, Fieri Leadership and Development, Handy Heroes, Land Securities, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust, Lloyd’s of London, London Borough of Wandsworth, London South Bank University, Mace, Proelium Law LLP, SaluteMyJob, Santander, Savills, Sun Mark Limited, Stoll and Veolia.