Busi­nesses recog­nised for sup­port­ing Armed Forces com­mu­nity

Loughborough Echo - - SHEPSHED SCENE -

PUB­LIC and pri­vate sec­tor busi­nesses in­clud­ing coun­cils, from across Le­ices­ter­shire have been for­mally recog­nised for the sup­port they pro­vide to the Armed Forces com­mu­nity.

Dur­ing a cer­e­mony held at Beau­manor Hall, or­gan­i­sa­tions re­ceived a De­fence Em­ployer Recog­ni­tion Scheme Sil­ver award in recog­ni­tion of their sup­port for De­fence per­son­nel.

John Wil­son, the Min­istry of De­fence’s re­gional em­ployer en­gage­ment di­rec­tor, said: “Em­ploy­ing mil­i­tary trained per­son­nel is ben­e­fi­cial to em­ploy­ers; the skills and ex­pe­ri­ences de­vel­oped through mil­i­tary train­ing help em­ploy­ers to fill skill gaps in their busi­nesses. These Sil­ver award win­ners recog­nise that and ac­tively seek to take ad­van­tage of it.”

The awards were pre­sented by Air Com­modore Si­mon Ed­wards MA RAF. In Le­ices­ter­shire there were seven win- ners - Charn­wood Bor­ough Coun­cil, Hughes Driver Train­ing, Rush­cliffe Bor­ough Coun­cil, Mel­ton Bor­ough Coun­cil, Lough­bor­ough Col­lege, Le­ices­ter­shire Part­ner­ship NHS Trust and Leices­ter City Coun­cil.

Lough­bor­ough Col­lege CEO, John Do­herty, said: “It is a real hon­our to re­ceive the Em­ployer Recog­ni­tion Scheme Sil­ver Award. We are proud of the col­lege’s long-stand­ing sup­port of mem­bers of the Armed Forces – in­clud­ing re­servists, ser­vice leavers and cadet force vol­un­teers.”

To achieve a Sil­ver Award em­ploy­ers need to have signed the Armed Forces Covenant, shown flex­i­bil­ity to­wards the an­nual train­ing com­mit­ments and de­ploy­ment of re­servists whilst also sup­port­ing the em­ploy­ment of Cadet Force in­struc­tors, ser­vice leavers and mil­i­tary spouses/part­ners

Em­ploy­ers from Le­ices­ter­shire with their De­fence Em­ployer Recog­ni­tion Scheme Sil­ver Awards.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mel­ton, Charn­wood and Rush­cliffe coun­cils with their De­fence Em­ployer Recog­ni­tion Scheme Sil­ver Awards.

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