The Ministry of Defence has announced Wiltshire Council as one of the new winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards.
This is the highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.
The ERS Gold Awards recognise employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and also encourage others to follow their lead. The award scheme, which attracts entries from companies in every part of the country and in the private and public sectors, has seen a rapid increase in participation since it launched in 2014.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “These companies have shown the gold standard of commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. They have taken meaningful steps to ensure the Defence community are not disadvantaged by the sacrifice they make in helping keep this country safe. The actions of these employers make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location, or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business.”
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “We are delighted to be recognised with this prestigious award for our continued work to support both the military community in Wiltshire and our ex-service personnel who make their home in the county. The expertise and skills they have developed during their military career are welcomed not only by us in the council, but other public services in the county and also by our local businesses.”
In the bid Wiltshire Council highlighted how staff who are reservists and cadet forces volunteers are provided with two weeks additional leave to balance their work with military commitments. The council also promotes flexible, family friendly work patterns which benefits partners of service personnel. Also included in the bid was detail on the council’s wider work with the military communities and public services through the Military Civilian Integration Partnership (MCIP) and the recent reaffirmation of the Armed Forces Covenant which encourages businesses and public services to support the military community.