21 public and private sector businesses were recognised for the support they have given to members of their teams who serve or have previously served our country at an event in Loughborough last night (9th November).
Organisations from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire all received a Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Award after demonstrating their support for the Armed Forces Community.
The awards event was held at Burleigh Court in Loughborough where the businesses from around the region were presented with a certificate by Colonel Tom Redgate, The Deputy Commander (Reserves) of the regional Army HQ.
In order to achieve a Silver Award employers have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and have shown flexibility towards the annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees and have supported the employment of cadet instructors, Armed Forces veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners.
TLS are extremley proud having won the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award and will continue to support defence and inspire others to do the same.
John Wilson, the Ministry of Defence's Regional Employer Engagement Director said: "Employing members of the Armed Forces community is beneficial to employers as they can often use the specialist skills and training individuals have gained through the Armed Forces in their workplace. Skills such as teamwork, problem-solving and having the experience of leading a team can be transferred into any civilian organisation.
"The Silver Awards event was a huge success with many of the employers commenting on the value of networking with other businesses who also employ current or former Service personnel."
42 further businesses also formally had their Silver Awards renewed after continuing to support the Armed Forces community three years on from when they were first presented this accolade.