Armed Forces Covenant

Auctus Management Group become BuildForce Alliance members

14,000 individuals leave the Armed Forces every year, many of whom are not aware of the opportunities available within the Rail and Construction industries.  To meet the challenges in an ever-expanding industry, and with an increasing aging workforce, the sector calls for organisations, companies and individuals who strive at bringing new and capable employees. As a result, and building on their commitment to…

Reservists and Cadets share their stories at evening event

In November West Midland RFCA held a briefing at their newest Army Reserve Centre, Dancox House in Worcester. The networking evening attracted over 80 people including local employers, mayors, councillors’ schools and Association Members. The guests were welcomed with drinks before sitting down for the presentations. The compere for the evening was Michael Collie, of BBC fame, who kept the event running smoothly. …

Worcester Gunners Armed Forces Covenant Breakfast

West Midland RFCA’s Employer Engagement Team hosted a Worcester Gunners breakfast alongside Circle2success 214 (Worcestershire) Battery Royal Artillery and Worcestershire County Council. The breakfast event was to highlight the opportunities and benefits of businesses working with the Armed Forces. The event hosted some presentations from the West Midland RFCA, 214 Battery, Circle2Success, Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award winners Harrison Clark Rickerbys and an…

Winners delight as they receive their Gold Award

Eight of our employers based in the West Midlands were inducted into Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Alumni Association on 12 November 2019. The regional winners were: Auctus Management, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust, Warwickshire Police, West Mercia Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service. They join a total of…

Gurdwara marks first anniversary of the Lions of the Great War

A Gurdwara in Sandwell opened its doors to the local community to celebrate the first anniversary of the Lions of the Great War Memorial. Guru Nanak Gurdwara (GNG) Smethwick combined the celebrations with a special service to mark Remembrance Day, remembering the sacrifices of Sikhs, South Asians and the Armed Forces, past and present. The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service led…

Fifteen employers receive coveted Ministry of Defence Award

Fifteen employers from the West Midlands region received their Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Awards from West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (West Midland RFCA) at an awards ceremony on Thursday 30th October. The ERS was launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold…

Forces Families Jobs

A new platform has been launched to help military spouses and family members take up new training and employment opportunities being offered by employers who are forces friendly.   What is Forces Families Jobs? Forces Families Jobs was launched in September 2019.  It followed research, commissioned by the Army Families Federation and conducted by the Warwick Institute for Employment Research, which resulted in…

Backing for Defence community wins gold award for HCR

Outstanding support and commitment to Defence and the Armed Forces community, including former members of the Armed Forces and serving members’ families, has won Harrison Clark Rickerbys the highest possible award in the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme. The law firm now holds the gold award, reflecting its welcome to members of the Armed Forces community and its advocacy of the Armed…

Silver award success for Kopek Security

A national security company that is exceeding all expectations has been recognised in a prestigious scheme that honours firms which actively support the Armed Forces community. Nuneaton-based Kopek Security is one of a select group of organisations which have been honoured in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The company had already achieved a Bronze Award last year and has now progressed to…

Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership collaborate to support the Armed Forces Covenant

Leading energy and utilities sector employers are collaborating to engage, attract and recruit ex-military personnel into the sector. Paving the way, organisations within the sector today signed individual Armed Forces Covenants and a wider pledge to increase the sector’s visibility to Ex Military Personnel. Facilitated through the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, (a sector focused workforce and skills partnership operated by Energy &…