More than 150 organisations – including nine in the Highland-RFCA area – have been recognised by the UK Government for their outstanding support towards the Armed Forces community.
Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.
A total of 156 organisations have been recognised this year, the ninth year of the awards scheme.
Of the winners, 44% are either micro-organisations or small and medium sized enterprises, while 33% are public organisations. This demonstrates both the growth in numbers and the depth of supportive employers.
Minister for Defence People Leo Docherty said:
“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing members of the Armed Forces community is good for businesses.
“These awards recognise the outstanding support for our Armed Forces from employers across the UK and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.”
The Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards continues to grow in strength each year, with a current total of 643 holders. Organisations must reapply after five years in order to retain their Gold Award status.
To win an award from the Ministry of Defence, organisations must show that they provide 10 extra paid days leave for reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, reserves, Cadet Force adult volunteers and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
They must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community, by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
Recipients in the Highland-RFCA area (including one Gold holder who had their existing award revalidated) are:
|Dunbartonshire Chamber of Commerce
|Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce
|Moray Chamber of Commerce
|NHS Forth Valley
|NHS Golden Jubilee (revalidation)
|Worrall Wealth Management