Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
for North of England

The RFCA's Defence Employer Engagement and support office promotes the employer - employee relationship in the following ways:

Promotes the benefits a business would gain by employing Reservists through promotions, events, presentations and press releases.

Defences' Regional Employer Director seeks to spread the message to employers that when employing a Reservist not only are they employing a loyal, organised, hardworking team player, but they are potentially gaining a highly skilled individual as well. The Ministry of Defence currently estimates that, on average, a Reservist receives up to £9,000 pa worth of training in skills that can be transferred to the civilian workplace. Such skills acquired are wide ranging from Time and Personnel management to driving certificates (HGV and LGV). This is impressive when compared with the average civilian employee who receives, on average, only £822 worth of personnel development training per year.

Works to recognise supportive employers by promoting The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards and was the MoD's initiative to recognise publicaly the support and commitment towards Defence from UK employers and organisations. The Awards recognises employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces Community and align thier values with the Armed Forces Corporate Covenat More details on the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) can be found on the GOV.UK web page or by contacting the REED.

Building and maintaining positive relationships with employers through signing Armed Forces Covenants.

The Armed Forces Covenant has provided employers with an oportunity to acknowledge thier support for the Armed Forces Community; it aims to ensure that no member of the Armed Forces faces disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services.  Many employers have now registered and those who wish to do so should go to the link Armed Forces Covenant on the GOV.UK website. 

Organising events in which employers can visit their employees.

Defence can arrange for employers to visit their employees whilst on exercise so that they can better understand their employee's role within the Reserve Forces and the transferable skills they acquire while serving. Take, for example, the recent visit of employers to Exercise Executive Stretch. Previous visits have taken in operations and training in Norway, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan.

Organising receptions with dignitaries from the civilian and military world to thank employers for their support and thus their contribution to our nation's defence capability.

One of the most prestigious events was hosted by the Prime Minister at Number 10 Downing Street to recognise the ERS Gold Award winners whilst others have included receptions hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales at Highgrove, the BT Tower and Edinburgh Tattoo.

Advises employers and employees on all matters relating to the Armed Forces.

The Regional Employer Engagement Director advises each party on their rights and obligations to each other to ensure a good working relationship between the business community and the Reserve Forces.  They can also assist with developing organisation HR Reservist Policies and advise on the mobilisation process.

Raises the profile of the Armed Forces within the community.

The Director and his team achieves this by helping to organising events such as the TA 100 Durham Tattoo, which celebrated the centenary of the Reserve Forces and their outstanding achievements and contributions to the nation's defence over the past 100 years.  In addition the team has been involved in many events marking the Commemoration of WW1, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the annual Armed Forces Day.

Supportive Employers


Elddis Transport (Consett) Ltd at the Houses of Parliament 

Gateshead Council

Gateshead Council acknowleging thier ERS Gold Award at Beamish Hall Hotel

Komatsu Exec Stretch 2015

Komatsu UK Ltd; participants from Ex Executive Stretch