Last year in 2021, we signed the Armed Forces Covenant and achieved our Bronze Award, recognising that those leaving the armed forces may be disadvantaged in terms of securing meaningful employment and adjusting to a civilian environment.

In 2022, we have proudly received our Silver Award evidencing we are proactively demonstrating that service personnel/armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of our employment processes & policies.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

We want to be a great employer with outstanding leadership and a talented, agile workforce. We believe that a diverse range of talent is vital in creating an effective workforce who can bring different skills and experiences to the table. We also recognise the contribution that members of the armed forces community can make to its staff group in terms of the soft skills, attributes and values they bring to the organisation.

A huge thank you to the South East Reserve Forces and Cadets’ Association, for organising the annual prestigious ERS Silver Awards, on behalf of the South East Regional Employer Engagement Board (SE REEB), it was a truly spectacular evening with a sunset ceremony performed by the Band of The Royal Marines.