Veterans

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…

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…

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 &…

15 local employers awarded silver for support to Armed Forces

West Midland RFCA and Defence Relationship Management (DRM) are pleased to announce that we have a spectacular 15 Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award Winners for 2019 in our region.  These include: City of Wolverhampton College Global Radiodata Communications Ltd (GRC Ltd) Halfords Limited Keele University Kinetic Six Ltd Kopek Security Ltd Level Peaks Associates New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) Police Credit…

Appeal for UK’s first Veterans Orthopaedic Centre

An appeal to fund the country’s first dedicated Veterans Orthopaedic Centre has been launched to provide individualised patient care for veterans and serving military personnel. The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH) is aiming to raise £1.5 million to help fund the UK’s first Veterans’ Orthopaedic Centre to treat veteran patients in a setting that is familiar to them and addresses…

Discover a hidden trail with Birmingham City Poppy Quest 2019

A new 10k fundraising event is coming to Birmingham as The Royal British Legion launches the 2019 Poppy Quest on the 13th July. Starting at the iconic Victoria Square in Birmingham, the Legion’s Poppy Quest 2019 will take participants on a journey of discovery around the streets of Birmingham revealing hidden secrets of the city. The Quest is the perfect way to explore…

Halfords Group signs Armed Forces Covenant

Halfords Group signed the Government’s Armed Forces Covenant on 6th February 2019 as it launched a range of measures to support service leavers and veterans, helping them access training and careers in Halfords retail shops and Autocentres. The initiative was launched jointly with the Ministry of Defence and will result in greater support for those leaving the armed forces, as well as Reservists,…

Army remembers Intelligence Officer who saved 10,000 Jews from the Nazis

An Army Reserve Centre in Stourbridge hosted members of a former Intelligence Corps and MI6 officer’s family and descendants of some of the people whom he saved in Nazi Germany. A twelve-foot long wall mural telling the life story of Major Frank Foley CMG, a quarter-scale miniature replica of a statue unveiled in a Stourbridge park and an Enigma machine, used by Britain’s…