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TMT would like to congratulate the recipients of the MOD’s 2018 Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award for actively supporting the Armed Forces community in the workplace. The list is a useful indicator of employers who recognise the value that ex-forces personnel bring to their jobs in the civilian world. Too many ex-service types have been badly treated by civvie-street over the years and it is good to see how much things have changed in recent years. We hope that any readers who work in companies or organisations that have won any level of award will comment on their experiences in the space provided at the end of the article.

MOD Press release dated 2nd July 2018

The awards announced by the MOD are for businesses and organisations which have shown outstanding support for the military community and the Armed Forces Covenant. Now in its fifth year, the MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.

The 50 Gold winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the armed forces, with organisations from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant, and where possible, engages with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring individual pledges of support.

Employers have won awards for initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for reservists.

The Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Tobias Ellwood, commented:

“The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners show how business support for the armed forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.

We all have a role to play in ensuring that the armed forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.”


MOD Gold award, employer recognition scheme 2018


The 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award winners are:

  1. Alexander Mann Solutions
  2. Amey
  3. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board
  4. BNY Mellon
  5. C S Hodges
  6. Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
  7. City of London Corporation
  8. City of Wolverhampton Council
  9. Compass Group UK and Ireland
  10. Defence Medical Welfare Service
  11. Dumfries and Galloway Council
  12. Durham County Council
  13. East of England Ambulance Service
  14. Ernst & Young (EY)
  15. Forward Assist Veterans Charity
  16. Future Sales Factory
  17. Handy Heroes
  18. ITI Network Services Ltd
  19. James McVicar Printing Works
  20. Kent County Council
  21. Landmarc Support Services Ltd
  22. Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust
  23. Leonardo
  24. Lloyd’s of London
  25. London Borough of Wandsworth (Wandsworth Council)
  26. London Southbank University
  27. MBDA UK
  28. Newcastle City Council
  29. Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  30. NHS Hastings and Rother CCG and NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG
  31. NHS Orkney
  32. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  33. Northumberland County Council
  34. Portsmouth City Council
  35. Raytheon Systems Limited
  36. The Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  37. Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
  38. Sage
  39. SaluteMyJob
  40. SGN
  41. SkillForce
  42. South Tyneside Council
  43. Sovini
  44. Standard Life Aberdeen Plc
  45. Stoll
  46. Swansea Council
  47. University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
  48. University of Lincoln
  49. University of South Wales
  50. WYG

TMT has previously published articles on one of the winners, Stoll, a charity that provides housing for Veterans. In a recent press release, Stoll commented:

As one of just 50 Gold Award winning organisations across the UK, it is acknowledgement of Stoll’s  efforts to go above and beyond in supporting the Armed Forces community. Stoll continues to engage with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers and actively supports reservists in employment. Stoll pledged its continued support to Servicemen and women by re-signing the Armed Forces Covenant last year.

Charlotte Howes, an Executive Officer at Stoll and a Naval Reserve, said: “I’ve worked at Stoll for over a year and have been a reservist with the Royal Navy Reserve throughout this time. Stoll has been incredibly supportive of this and are very accommodating with any time I request off in order to fulfil my duties as a reservist. My line manager has also attended employer engagement events with me and has visited our base, HMS President, where we carry out weekly training nights.”

Chief Executive, Ed Tytherleigh, said: “It’s an honour to be among this year’s Gold Award winners. We’re proud of our continued commitment to the Armed Forces community and we look forward to doing more great work together in the future. As one of the first charities to ever receive the award, it’s an important stamp of approval that demonstrates that  supporting the Armed Forces community continues to be at the heart of our day-to-day operations.


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