Employer Engagement

Mountains for Mental Health in aid of Mind North Staffs

Mind North Staffs have recently signed the Armed Forces Covenant and as a mental health charity they understand the struggles that Armed Forces personnel can have with their own mental health. One strong supporter of the charity is Mike Copeland, an Army Veteran, who had his own mental health struggles. Mike raised over £14,000 for the charity in 2023 and hopes to raise…

Gold standard employers honoured for supporting Armed Forces

Fourteen organisations from across the wider West Midlands area attended an awards ceremony in Shropshire to receive their Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards, recognising their exceptional level of support to the Armed Forces community. Held at Lilleshall House and Gardens in Shropshire – also home to one of the UK’s National Sports Centres and the Royal British Legion’s Battle Back Centre…

Military police support local policing in partnership programme

Serving members of the Royal Military Police (RMP) have joined forces with the South Staffordshire local policing team in a new partnership initiative. Starting on the 19th September, Corporals Katie Butlin and Michael Knapper have embedded with neighbourhood officers in the south of the county. They have been vetted and trained to the same standards as their existing officers and will be part…

Midlands based employers receive coveted Ministry of Defence Award

Twenty six employers from the West Midlands region have been presented with their Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Awards. The West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association’s awards took place on Tuesday 26th September, at the National Memorial Arboretum. The ERS awards were launched in 2014 to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The…

193 organisations awarded gold for support to the Armed Forces

Nearly 200 organisations have been recognised by the UK Government for supporting the Armed Forces community, as they are announced as this year’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award holders. A record high since the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme launched in 2013. The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, the highest badge of honour, recognises the positive role that employers play in supporting…

Silver West Midlands employers announced

West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association (RFCA) are very pleased to announce that 26 organisations in their region are confirmed as Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award winners for 2023. 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…

Stoke on Trent College presented with Bronze Award

Stoke on Trent College is committed to the Armed Forces and has been officially recognised with a Bronze Award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. The College recently signed the official Armed Forces Covenant making a pledge to become a Forces Friendly employer and support those serving in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families as well as being a great…

‘Going For Gold’ event launches in the West Midlands

On 2nd March 2023, West Midland Reserve Forces & Cadets Association held its first-ever ‘Going for Gold’ event at DRPG’s studios in Worcestershire. Emphasising the importance of the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, the event aimed to encourage and recognise over 90 corporate organisations, from across their region, that support those who serve in the Armed Forces, veterans and their families. Creative…

Summit Learning Trust pledges their support to the Armed Forces community

On the 7th March Summit Learning Trust hosted a collective Armed Forces Covenant signing event at Solihull Sixth Form College. A total of 10 Armed Forces Covenants were signed by Summit Learning Trust and all eight of their member academies, and South Birmingham SCITT (School-Centred Initial Teacher Training).  The event was organised by Summit Learning Trust in collaboration with our Association.  The Summit…

Armed Forces Outreach and supportive Shropshire organisations

Four Shropshire-based organisations publicly committed their support for the Armed Forces community at an outreach event for the Armed Forces and veterans. Run by Shropshire Council, the outreach session welcomed Shrewsbury Men’s Shed, Shropshire Community Leisure Trust and Shropshire Community NHS Trust to sign the Armed Forces Covenant; a voluntary pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served in the Armed…