The Scottish Ambulance Service has been presented with a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award revalidation.
Representing the highest badge of honour, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold awards are awarded to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families.
The revalidation certificates are for employers who joined the Ministry of Defence scheme in 2015/16, with both ERS Gold and Silver awards reviewed and revalidated on a rolling five-year basis.
To win a Gold award, organisations must provide 10 extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, Reserves, and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Organisations 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.
Highland RFCA Regional Employer Engagement Director Roy McLellan (pictured, left) presented the award to the Scottish Ambulance Service in Edinburgh on 28 April. Receiving the award was Stephen Massetti, the service’s Deputy Director of National Operations and General Manager, National Risk and Resilience Department.
The Scottish Ambulance Service’s Gold award was renewed in 2021, cementing its pledge and forces-friendly approach. The formal presentation was delayed until 2022 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
For more information on the Armed Forces Covenant, click HERE.
For more information on the Employer Recognition Scheme, click HERE.