Council strikes silver

March 22, 2017

East Dunbartonshire Council has received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award. 

Chief Executive Gerry Cornes accepted the accolade on behalf of the council, at its headquarters at The Marina in Kirkintilloch on 21 March.

HRFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Ron Macgregor thanked the council for all the support they have shown towards the Armed Forces community.

Mr Cornes said they were delighted to receive the award and had already earmarked a spot to show off the certificate.

ERS encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Silver award holders:

  • demonstrate support for service personnel issues and employ at least one member of the armed forces community
  • actively communicate and uphold a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures
  • show flexibility towards annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees and support the employment of cadet instructors, armed forces veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners
  • collect their certificate at a regional silver awards ceremony, receive silver logos to display and are themselves displayed on the list of Employer Recognition Scheme award winners
  • must be nominated for a silver award by a third party using the online nomination form
  • are required to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and employ at least one individual from the covenant category that the nomination emphasises.

To get involved with the scheme contact Ron Macgregor on 01382 631026 or email [email protected].