'Proudly supporting those who serve' with ERS Gold and Silver logo's

Five supportive employers across the West Midlands region have been re-awarded their Gold and Silver Awards as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.

The Employer Recognition Scheme acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community.

The Gold and Silver Awards are reviewed every five years, and requires each organisation to resubmit an application to be considered by a judging panel, which consists of senior officers from across the three services.

These revalidations are awarded to especially recognise the long-term support that employers have given to the Armed Forces community.  It highlights that through their consistent support over a sustained period of time, they have been able to continue to champion and demonstrate their forces-friendly measures.

We are delighted to announced the following revalidations:

Gold Award 2020 (revalidation)

Jaguar Land Rover
National Express

Silver Award 2020 (revalidation)

HS Marstons (part of Collins Aerospace)
Police Mutual Forces Mutual
University of Birmingham

The revalidation awards are made in addition to the 15 new employers in the region who have been given their Gold Award, and the 22 employers who have gained their Silver Award.

Commenting on the organisations recognised in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Award annoucements, Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said: “I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adopted towards the Defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.”

Our Association would like to extend our congratulations and sincere thanks to the five organisations who have been recognised for their continued dedication in helping to the forces community.

The ERS was launched to recognise and reward employers who support Defence and inspire others to do the same.  Find out more about how we the Employer Recognition Scheme or the Armed Forces Covenant.