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IT and cyber security business signs Armed Forces Covenant

Superfast IT has become one of the latest organisations in the West Midlands to show their support for our military community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant.  Hosted as a virtual event, the signing was attended by Wing Commander Simon Briggs of the Royal Air Force. The organisation has pledged its support to the Armed Forces Covenant; a promise that those who serve…

Mercian Regiment Reservists test their marksmanship in Northumberland

Reservists from 4 Battalion The Mercian Regiment have been on Exercise Saxon Shield to maintain their soldiering skills and test their marksmanship. The ten-day exercise at the Otterburn training area in Northumberland, is designed to make sure the reservists maintain a high standard of skill and readiness to deploy with regular units. It saw the soldiers complete their Military Annual Training Tests.  The…

West Midland RFCA sponsor 21in21: supporting female leadership

We are proud to be sponsoring Coventry and Warwickshire Chambers 21in21 Women in Business Mentoring Programme, which was officially launched, over Zoom, on 8th March 2021. Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith, the president of the British Chambers of Commerce, was the guest of honour at the launch. The new scheme has matched 21 mentors with 21 mentees across the region to offer one-to-one support including…

Empowering Our Youth

Over 50 guests joined our Engagement Team for a webinar focused on exploring how the Armed Forces support youth and community groups in our region. Representatives from the Armed Forces often visit schools and colleges to deliver careers talks and showcase the roles on offer in the Military, but their work with youth within the community can often go unseen. Hosted in partnership…

ACF Instructor keeps cadets moving during lockdown

An Army Cadet Force (ACF) instructor from Shropshire has risen to the challenge of inspiring their cadets to remain active, healthy and upbeat during the national lockdowns. Staff Instructor Dillon James served in the Army for a number of years as an infantry soldier before working for the local council, and more recently, to their benefit, joining Shropshire Army Cadet Force as an…

Business owner, cadet instructor and a pandemic

A former Army Cadet is one of a huge number of volunteers and cadet instructors who have stepped up to help provide virtual activities for young people in his local community, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Staff Sergeant Instructor Benjamin Dean joined his local Army Cadet Force (ACF) detachment in 2008.  As a senior cadet, he discovered he had a passion for teaching others,…

Healthcare worker inspires Army Cadets during pandemic

An Army Cadet Force (ACF) instructor from Shropshire is one of many dedicated volunteers who have continued supporting the Cadet Forces throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, all whilst balancing her role as a key healthcare worker. Staff Sergeant Instructor (SSI) Shanade Wheelden has been an adult instructor with Shropshire ACF for nine years, and is the current Detachment Commander at the Pontesbury Platoon.  No…

Employer Recognition Scheme 2021 Expression of Interest window now open

The expression of interest window opened today for employers looking to receive Silver and Gold Award status in 2021 through the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The Employer Recognition Scheme, now in its eighth year, recognises those companies that support the Armed Forces community by proactively demonstrating a forces-friendly approach as part of their recruitment process. Silver and Gold employers are…

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