The Charity has been awarded Silver under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme for their support to cadet forces and the wider Armed Forces.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award is the second highest badge of honour presented to organisations that demonstrate their support to the Armed Forces and inspire others to do the same.
As a silver award winner, The Charity has gone above and beyond to support the armed forces community and upholds a positive stance for employees who are veterans, Reservists and Cadet Force Adult volunteers, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
Kurtis-Jay Castle - Founder, Chairman and CEO
“As a charity, we value the skills that veterans and reservists bring to the table, and more importantly for us it's about enabling them to pass the skills and experiences they’ve got onto the young people.
“We believe every young person deserves the opportunity to learn, and develop in life, regardless of their backgrounds and having strong models such as veterans to look up to can have massive effect on the lives of young people.”
Under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, employers support Defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. The Scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver, and Gold. To achieve Silver, organisations must proactively demonstrate that the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruitment policies. They must also actively ensure their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards Defence people issues.
Kirstie Lawrence, the Ministry of Defence’s Deputy Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Midlands, said:
“We are delighted that so many local businesses have been recognised with this Silver Award. Despite the pressures of the last few years, these companies have taken the time to ensure our Armed Forces community is supported. It is gratifying to see that, whatever the size of the business, there is a place for the Armed Forces Covenant, and they recognise the benefits of working with Defence. They should be proud of this significant achievement.”