16 NORTH EAST EMPLOYERS have been awarded Gold for their support to the Armed Forces, the highest badge of honour available under the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. They will be presented with their awards on 12 November 2019, at the National Army Museum in London.
Announced by the MOD today, the Gold Awards are for organisations who have shown outstanding support to the military community and the Armed Forces Covenant. The employers won the awards for their long term commitment to the Armed Forces and providing initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career by engaging with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to recruit Service leavers, and providing flexibility for the reservists they employ.
Commenting on the announcement of the 2019 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold awards,
Defence Minister, Ben Wallace said:
“These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.
“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”
Minister for Defence People and Veterans Johnny Mercer said:
“Veterans make a huge contribution to businesses across the country and it’s fantastic to see a record breaking number of organisations recognised for their support.
“We’re working closely with businesses to help them further understand the huge value that veterans, reservists and military spouses can bring to their organisation.”
Gary McLafferty, Director Engagement NE RFCA, said:
“The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award represents the highest badge of achievement for those that employ and support members of the Armed Forces – past and present – and their families. This year 16 North East based organisations have been recognised with the Gold Award for their outstanding long-term commitment towards the Armed Forces community. These organisations are recognised for having gone that extra mile, turning their written pledge of support through the Armed Forces Covenant, into concrete action and making a positive difference to our people during and after their time in uniform. Each organisation realises the massive contribution our serving personnel, regular or reserve, veterans, cadets, cadet adult volunteers and all their families make to the nation and to civilian employers, and for that I warmly congratulate them and thank them all for their support.” The organisations are:
AmmarM UK Limited
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Digital Telecoms Network Academy Ltd
G&A Security NE Ltd
Hartlepool Borough Council
North Tyneside Council
Northumbria NHS Foundation Trust
South Tyneside Homes
Sunderland City Council
Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Group