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HRH Prince Henry of Wales has presented thirty-three UK employers with an Armed Forces Covenant Gold Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award. The award is the Ministry of Defence’s prestigious badge of honour for organisations who have demonstrated outstanding support for the Armed Forces community. Hosted by Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon, the award presentation took place on Monday 9 October at the Imperial War Museum.

HRH Prince Harry thanked this year’s winners and heard about successful initiatives providing veterans with a fair chance of starting a second career in diverse industries following military service. Other support measures in the workplace include flexibility for Reservists and mentoring and job opportunities for military spouses.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said: “This year’s Gold award winners should be extremely proud of the work they are doing to live up to the Armed Forces Covenant pledge and to promote the pledge to others. “I’m delighted to recognise employers who make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location, or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business. I hope others follow their example, thereby delivering a better deal for veterans and armed forces families.”

 Amongst the recipients were Inverclyde Council who received an award for their strong commitment to their Armed Forces Covenant pledges with initiatives Inverclyde Council Logo.jpgsuch as the appointment (in partnership with other local authorities) of a Veterans Support Advisor and HR Policies that are supportive of Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers.  

Dougie Smith who is employed as a Development Officer with Inverclyde Council and an Army veteran said: "In the 14 years I've worked with Inverclyde Council I've been able to apply the skills and experience from my time in the military. The Council is an open, inclusive and supportive employer which has allowed me to pursue various career opportunities."