Council’s ERS Silver Award revalidated

September 22, 2022

Argyll and Bute Council has been presented with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award revalidation for 2022.

The council was originally awarded Silver in 2017. Both Silver and Gold Awards are reviewed and revalidated on a rolling five-year basis.

Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director (REED) Roy McLellan visited Argyll & Bute Council at Helensburgh Civic Centre on August 24 to present the revalidation.

The Award from the Ministry of Defence (MOD) is in recognition of the support the organisation gives to the Armed Forces community. It was accepted on behalf of the council by Councillor Maurice Corry, Provost of Argyll & Bute. Cllr Corry is also the council’s Armed Forces Champion.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme recognises those who demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant – a pledge from the nation that those who serve or who have served and their families are treated fairly.

Cllr Corry and HRFCA REED Roy McLellan (centre) with HM Naval Base Clyde Captain Nick Gibbons (left); Base Warrant Officer Bobby Rennie; military spouses Fiona Neeson, Emma Taylor and Terri Colloton; Vicky Brindley, Devolved Policy Manager, Partner Employment Policy Lead, Naval Families Federation; Jane Fowler, Head of Customer Support Services at Argyll & Bute Council.

Silver Award winners must meet certain criteria, including: employing at least one individual from the Armed Forces community, actively ensuring that their workforce is aware of their positive policies, demonstrating support to mobilisations of reservists and providing at least five days’ additional leave for training.

Fifteen organisations in the HRFCA-area received ERS Silver Awards in 2022, with a further seven companies having their existing Awards revalidated. Awards were presented to the new winners at Scone Palace in June. Click HERE to read the full story.

Main image (top) shows Argyll & Bute Councillor and Provost Maurice Corry accepting the ERS Silver Award from Highland RFCA REED Roy McLellan.