Work towards an ERS award

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NHS organisations that would like to show their public commitment and engage further with their employees from the Armed Forces community may consider putting themselves forward for an Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award. The awards are run by the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and are a way for organisations to show their public commitment to supporting staff and potential employees that are part of the Armed Forces community. There are three levels of award that you can be nominated for: bronze, silver and gold.

Gold and silver award nominations for 2020 are now open.

Bronze

Employers are eligible to self-nominate their organisation for a bronze award on the ERS website. To receive the bronze award, your organisation must:

  • have signed the Armed Forces Covenant 
  • promote being a forces-friendly organisation who is open to employing reservists, service leavers (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadets, cadet forces adult volunteers, military spouses/partners and dependants.

As a bronze award holder, you will receive an electronic certificate and bronze award logos to add to your organisation’s website to advertise the commitment they have made to supporting the Armed Forces community.

Silver

To receive a silver award, your organisation must:

  • have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and employ at least one individual from the Armed Forces community
  • have already received a bronze award
  • proactively demonstrate that members of the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged during the recruiting processes
  • actively communicate and uphold a positive stance towards reservist employees via established HR policies and procedures including at least five days paid/unpaid additional leave for training
  • have not been the subject of any negative PR or media activity.
     

If awarded, your organisation will collect their silver award certificate at a regional awards ceremony and will receive silver award logos to add to your website.

Gold

To receive a gold award, your organisation must:

  • have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and employ at least one individual from the Armed Forces community
  • have an existing relationship with the regional employer engagement director (REED)/appropriate defence representative
  • have already received a bronze award
  • proactively demonstrate that members of the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged during the recruiting processes. Where possible, this should also include engaging with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) and registering to advertise vacancies on the Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) portal
  • actively communicate and uphold a positive stance towards reservist employees via established HR policies and procedures including at least ten days paid additional leave for training
  • have not been the subject of any negative PR or media activity.
     

In order to be nominated, your organisation must have a third party make the application. If awarded, you will be able to collect your award at a prestigious national event and receive gold award logos to display on your website.

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