33 employers awarded gold for Armed Forces work

The Ministry of Defence has announced the winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards.

The ERS Gold Awards is the highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served. It recognises employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and encourage others to follow their lead.

The 2017 ERS Gold Awards winners include Airbus, DHL, Hull City Council, Metropolitan Police Service, Network Rail, Shropshire Council, Transport for London, and Wiltshire Council, among others.

The scheme, which attracts entries from companies across the country and in both private and public sectors, has seen an increase in participation since its launch in 2014.

The Ministry of Defence also announced that following a stringent assessment, seven recipients of the 2014 ERS Gold Awards have retained their Gold status, namely BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Carillion, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, NHS Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and NHS Scotland.

Michael Fallon, Defence Secretary, said: “These companies have shown the gold standard of commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. They have taken meaningful steps to ensure the defence community are not disadvantaged by the sacrifice they make in helping keep this country safe. The actions of these employers make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location, or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business.”

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, said: “Network Rail has a long tradition of supporting our armed forces and in employing ex-service personnel and Reserve staff. There are plenty of similarities between Network Rail and the Armed forces - the challenges and pressures, where every day is different, requiring a professional can-do attitude and strong teamwork ethos.

“A large number of our workforce come from an Armed Forces background and have thrived in our organisation providing the skills that are critical to our Railway Upgrade Plan and helping us to build a bigger, better railway for Britain.

“We are extremely proud to have received this recognition of our work and continued commitment to support the Armed Forces community.”

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