Gold award from Ministry of Defence for armed forces support
15 November 2018
(L-R Prince Edward, Director of Operations Southern Glenn Norman, HR Manager Trina Yarlett, Team Manager Mark Newton and Gavin Williamson, Secretary of State for Defence)
We’re proud to become one of just 51 employers from across the UK that were presented with Gold awards by the Ministry of Defence this week for our support of our armed forces.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support those who serve in the forces and inspires other organisations to do the same. The scheme encompasses Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for the armed forces community.
Our Gold award status means we have not only demonstrated our support for service personnel and employ people with military backgrounds, but we also show flexibility to our employees with armed forces training commitments, such as military reservists and adult volunteers involved in cadet forces.
As a company, we also signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise ensuring that those who serve or who have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
Director of Operations Southern Glenn Norman collected the award on our behalf at the ceremony at Lancaster House in London. Glenn said: “We’re honoured to receive our Gold Award in recognition of our support for employees who are armed forces reservists, as well as military veterans who’ve joined us since leaving the forces.
“The skills and experience they bring, such as working under pressure and problem solving, are a perfect match for our industry. We’re committed to the ongoing support of the armed forces community.”
Team Manager Mark Newton from Oxford, who previously was a Challenger 2 Tank Commander in the Royal Armoured Corps, said: “I feel very honoured to attend the event on behalf of SGN and think it’s great that the company has been recognised for its contribution towards reservists and ex-military personnel.
“It’s fantastic there are companies out there supporting the armed forces. It not only lets them recruit from this unique talent pool, but it also makes those currently serving aware of what’s available to them when they leave the services.”
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