ISS UK get gold for their support for the Armed Forces
The Ministry of Defence today announced its 2015 Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Gold winners
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) recognises employers who actively support Defence and encourage organisations to adopt the same behaviours in their workplace. To qualify for a gold award, employers must not only pledge their support but become advocates for support and commitment to Defence personnel.
This year’s gold award winners include:
ISS UK, Atkins, The Automobile Association, Babcock, Fujitsu, Gateshead Council, Deloitte, Jaguar Land Rover, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, JP Morgan, M-EC Consulting Development Engineers, National Express, PWC, SERCO, Tesco.
Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon said:
“The support that these companies provide is making a real difference to our armed forces community. Whether allowing reservists the time to train or supporting veterans and spouses, they embody what the Armed Forces Covenant is about.”
Richard Sykes, CEO, ISS UK & Ireland said:
“At ISS, we are delighted to achieve another first in our support for our Services personnel, both past and present. The Gold Award validates what employers can achieve. With its representation in a range of business sectors, Facilities Management in particular has much to offer, and to gain, from working with our Services people. I sincerely hope that more FM organisations will follow our lead and sign up to programmes such as the Corporate Covenant and the recently launched Veterans Employment Transition Support programme, (VETS) initiative.”
This year the awards focussed particularly on commitments to employ Reservists, veterans, and forces family members. Commenting on the support received, Adam Milliken ex Corporal at 1 Working Dog Regiment and now Defence Business Analyst at ISS said:
“ISS’s positive and proactive support for Armed Forces service leavers has had a profound impact on my life, one that will continue throughout my new career in the civilian sector.”