Lancaster City Council achieves Ministry of Defence Recognition Award
Lancaster City Council is proud to have been recognised with a silver award by the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, recognising its commitment to the employment of the Armed Forces community.
The council, already a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant and bronze Employer Recognition Scheme Award holder, has developed a number of internal improvement initiatives to enhance its offer as an employer of choice to members of the Armed Forces community.
Initiatives include improved recruitment advertising, communications and training, as well as the creation of an Armed Forces staff network, who have provided key insights into the support that can be given not only to internal staff but to the wider Armed Forces community in the district.
Support is also provided to council employees who serve as reservists, and those who volunteer to provide cadet training.
Councillor Roger Dennison, the council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “We are thrilled to have received this award and would encourage other local businesses and organisations to learn more about the Armed Forces Covenant and the Employer Recognition Scheme.”
Mark Davies, director for communities and the environment and Armed Forces Covenant Lead Officer said: “The Armed Forces community have been instrumental to our country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and it is fitting that during this period we have improved our own offer as an employer of choice to this community.
"We are lucky enough to employ several members of the Armed Forces community already within our workforce and recognise the talent that this brings to the organisation.”
A dedicated website www.gov.uk/mod/employer-recognition supports the Employer Recognition Scheme allowing organisations to declare their support at bronze level and for nominations to be made for both gold and silver awards.