Reserve Forces and Cadets Association
for North of England

10 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.

Announced by the MOD today, these employers join a growing alliance of the most supportive organisations of Britain’s Armed Forces from both the private and public sectors. The Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards continues to increase in strength year on year. To win an award organisations must demonstrate that they provide ten extra paid days leave for Reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for Veterans, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Spouses and Partners of those serving in the Armed Forces. They also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and to engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.

The 10 organisations are:

AAA Caring Caretaker


Gentoo Group


Newcastle Gateshead CCG

Pearson Engineering


Teesside University

Torus Logistical Solutions

University of Sunderland

Gateshead Council   Revalidation

Sporting Force   Revalidation

A delighted Richard Tucker, Managing Director of AAA Caring Caretaker, said:

“For AAA Caring Caretaker Ltd, this has been an amazing 5-year journey in reaching this goal and becoming part of the Gold Alumni recognised as a Company for their long-term commitment to our Armed Forces Family.

“Thank you, to those companies who have worked with us, to enable many of our veterans and partners to return to work; it’s more than just a job, it’s also the mental wellbeing of the individual as they have returned to work, provided for their families, and started to enjoy all the positives that work brings, together with the dignity of being self-reliant.”

Jacky Smith, Managing Director IoSCM said: IoSCM are thrilled to have received this honour, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Darren, Gary and all the team at NE RFCA for their support. We will continue to ‘fly the flag’ as always!”

Commenting on the announcement of the 2020 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold awards, 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.”

Darren Rhodes, Regional Employer Engagement Director, NE RFCA, said:

This year has been extremely challenging for our employers who have had to balance lockdown, furloughed staff, working from home and this once in a lifetime (hopefully) effect of the global pandemic.  I am immensely proud to say that the North of England has again proven that it is able to adapt and its “let’s crack on and get it done” approach has resulted in a 100% success rate for all ten of our Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award applicants this year.”

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