West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) are very pleased to announce that 23 organisations in their region are confirmed as Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award winners for 2022. In addition a further eight employers have had their ERS Silver Awards from 2017 revalidated for their continued commitment.

This Ministry of Defence award recognises companies for their support to the Armed Forces community, including Reservists, veterans, spouses, Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers and cadets. Silver award holders must demonstrate a number of positive measures and policies in their organisations, which actively support members of the Armed Forces community.

The silver status requires employers to ensure:

• That members of the forces community are not disadvantaged in their recruitment and selection process.
• That all positive policies relating to defence personnel are internally publicised.
• That they employ at least one individual from the armed forces category that their nomination emphasises.
• If required, that they have demonstrated support to Reservist mobilisations.
• That they align their values with their Armed Forces Covenant.

West Midland RFCA would like to congratulate all of their region’s winners for this year. The organisations cover all of the regions counties and come from a wide range of sectors including education providers, NHS Trusts, charities, local authorities and more.

This year’s winners broken down into counties are:

Alcocks Limited
C4i Systems Limited

Great Dawley Town Council
Medrescue Group
Quorum Logistic Support Ltd
RAF Museum
Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust (revalidation)

Briggs Equipment Ltd (revalidation)
Burton & South Derbyshire College (revalidation)
Gaskell Safety
Palletways (UK) Limited
Phoenix Industrial Training & Design Limited
Staffordshire County Council (revalidation)
Stoke on Trent City Council (revalidation)
Tri Services and Veterans Support Centre

CODA Security Limited
North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College
NP Aerospace Limited
Orbit Group ltd
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust

West Midlands
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
Lord Combustion Services Ltd (revalidation)
Mitchells & Butlers Ltd (revalidation)
Sonic Communications (Int) Ltd (revalidation)
Specialist Computer Centres PLC
Superfast IT
West Midlands Fire Service

M&E Global Resources Ltd
Network Innovations Solutions Limited
Quanta Training Limited

Philip Sinclair, Regional Employer Engagement Director for West Midland RFCA commented on the awards,

“We are absolutely delighted that 31 employers across our region have been recognised by the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award this year, including eight that have had their Silver Awards from 2017 revalidated, demonstrating a continued and sustained commitment to supporting our Armed Forces community.

“The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community, and who align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. Having worked closely with these organisations over a number of months and years, we know of the commitment that they show and demonstrate on a daily basis, and applaud their recognition, which is justifiably deserved.

“Many congratulations to them all, we look forward to continuing our work with them.”

The ERS was launched to recognise and reward employers who support Defence and inspire others to do the same. To find out more about the ERS and Armed Forces Covenant visit https://www.wmrfca.org/employers