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In Defence of the Defenders

27 November 2015 | Updated 01 January 1970

The MoD’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) which was launched last year, recognises employers who ‘actively’ support defence and encourages organisations to adopt the same behaviours in their workplace.

To qualify for a gold award employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates for support and commitment to defence personnel.

This year’s gold award winners included: ISS UK, Atkins, the AA, Babcock, Fujitsu, Gateshead Council, Deloitte, Jaguar Land Rover, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, JP Morgan, M-EC Consulting Development Engineers, National Express, PWC, SERCO, Tesco.

“The support that these companies provide is making a real difference to our armed forces community,” insisted Michael Fallon, Secretary of State for Defence. “Whether allowing reservists the time to train or supporting veterans and spouses, they embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about.”

The recognition of FM and its contribution was duly applauded by ISS. “With its representation in a range of business sectors, FM in particular has much to offer and to gain, from working with our services people,” “said Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK & Ireland. “I sincerely hope that more FM organisations will follow our lead and sign up to programmes such as the Corporate Covenant and the recently launched Veterans Employment Transition Support programme, (VETS) initiative.”

Picture: Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS – "FM has much to offer and to gain from “working with our services people”

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 27 November 2015


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