The scheme was launched by the Prime Minister on the 17th July 2014 at 10 Downing Street, where nine companies were awarded the highest accolade the ‘Gold Award’. The Ministry of Defence launched the new Employer Recognition Scheme, to reward and recognise UK employers for their support and commitment towards Defence. The scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020.’
Julian Brazier TD MP, Minister for Reserves said: “I am delighted with the positive response to the Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, launched by the Prime Minister in July this year. Over 360 employers have already been recognised with the Silver Award via this scheme and we look forward to recognising many more employers in future.”
The companies who were awarded the ‘Silver Award’ all employ reservists and have shown full advocacy to the armed forces. They have also voluntarily pledged their commitment by signing the recently formulated Armed Forces Corporate Covenant, through which employers show their support for the reserve forces.
Richard Goodwin, Capita, said, “Capita is delighted to have been able to demonstrate our support the Reserve Forces and their sponsored Cadet Forces.”
The award recipients enjoyed a presentation lunch, which also included four inspiring speeches delivered by serving reservists from the Royal Navy, the Royal Marine Reserve, Army and the Royal Air Force.
Pictured above: Mr Richard Goodwin with Commodore Andrew Jameson
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