ERS Gold deadline extended

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The deadline for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold submissions has been extended from March 25 to May 21.

This gives UK employers who are working towards Gold Awards breathing space during the current COVID-19 crisis. Those include up to seven organisations in the Highland RFCA area.

The ERS Gold Award is presented to employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS boards and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.

Among the 2019 winners in the Highland RFCA area was Arbroath-based IED Training Solutions Ltd.

Ian (left) and Paul of IED Training.

IED were one of six organisations in the Highland RFCA area to win Gold last year. As one of the smaller winning organisations, IED were also selected to feature in a video to be shown at the awards ceremony held at the National Army Museum in London (link below).

IED was co-founded by former Royal Marines Ian Clark and Paul Barrett.

Set up in 2015, the company’s ethos and core values are an extension of those Ian and Paul learned and practiced during their 22-year careers, often in the most challenging and hostile of environments.

With only 12 employees, all of which come from a uniformed background, IED are a good example of recognising the values and skills of having an Armed Forces background and applying them in civilian life.

The company is also an enthusiastic advocate for the Armed Forces community.

You can find out more about IED Training and what winning a Gold Award means to them in this video, click HERE.

To read about the 2019 ERS Gold Awards click HERE.

For general information on the ERS Awards, click HERE.

If you have any queries on the ERS Scheme, please contact our Regional Employer Engagement Directors (details below).

Jim Dickie: Tel 01382 631026 Email [email protected]

Roy McLellan: Tel 01382 631022 Email [email protected]

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