30 / 3 / 2015 Midnight
Nominations are now open for the Ministry of Defence's (MoD) employers recognition scheme, which rewards and recognises UK employers for their support and commitment towards defence.
The scheme offers awards at bronze, silver and gold level which reflect an employer's commitment to supporting reservists in their workforce and also for aligning their values and activities to those within the Armed Forces covenant.
The nomination process is quick and easy to complete and takes no longer than 10 minutes. Silver and gold award nominations will close on 30 June 2015 whilst nominations for the bronze awards can be made throughout the year.
- Bronze award holders are self-nominated employers who pledge their intention to defence and take a positive stance towards reservists who are either existing or prospective employees. They seek to promote an armed forces-friendly position and are open to employing reservists and support their training and mobilisation requirements. For employers that attended our NHS and MoD working together events throughout 2014/15, your attendance shows that you are already actively supporting reservists so attaining the bronze award would be easily achievable.
- Silver award holders demonstrate their support for defence, employing at least one reservist, actively communicating and upholding a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures. They support reservists by allowing them the flexibility to plan for and fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments. This award is by referral only.
- Gold award holders proactively advocate and support defence, They communicate their commitment both internally to employees and externally to the wider community, through establishing policies and providing examples of support. They demonstrate respect for reservists' commitments, enabling them to fulfill their annual training and mobilisation commitment. This award is by referral only.
Over the last year, NHS Employers, in collaboration with the MoD, Health Education England and NHS England, has been engaging with employers to promote the benefits of reservists within NHS organisations.
If you are successful in gaining any of the above awards, please let us know so we can celebrate your achievement and highlight your commitment to members of the Reserve Forces.
For more information on the awards scheme and to see the current NHS award holders visit our dedicated web pages.