Cambridgeshire County Council has secured a silver award in the Ministry of Defence’s employer recognition scheme for showing support to the armed forces and their families.
Launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister, the prestigious initiative was created to recognise and reward UK employers for their support and commitment to Defence.
The Council has been recognised for demonstrating its support for the Armed Forces community, this includes helping Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families.
The award scheme involves bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces Community.
By winning the Silver award the Council has demonstrate their support by employing at least one person from the armed forces community and actively communicating and projecting a positive image of defence to their employees. They also support Reservists by giving them the flexibility needed to plan and fulfil their annual training and mobilisation commitments.
Cambridgeshire County Council employs a number of staff who have connections to the Armed Forces. The authority is also a lead signatory to the Cambridgeshire Armed Forces Community Covenant, which ensures that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly within the community.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s Vice-Chairman and Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Mac McGuire: “I am delighted that we have received this prestigious award, it shows all the hard work that has been put in by many people.
“I’m proud to be part of an organisation like Cambridgeshire County Council which is so passionate and dedicated towards our armed forces communities and has the policies and practices in place to ensure that we as an employer can create a supportive environment for ex- service personnel, serving families and reservist. We will continue to work closely with the military community to support them.”
Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt. Hon. Tobias Ellwood MP said: “I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community.
The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
The council will officially receive its award at a special ceremony due to take place at Emmanuel College in Cambridge on Thursday 8 November.