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Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award for Read

Read are delighted to have achieved the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award 2020.
The prestigious Silver ERS Award made by the Ministry of Defence recognise employers who have actively demonstrated their support for the Armed Forces community through implementing practical policies in the workplace, with only 12 other organisations receiving the award this year.

Under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, employers support Defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. The scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for Defence and the Armed Forces community. To achieve Silver, organisations must proactively demonstrate that the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruitment policies. They must also actively ensure their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards Defence people issues for veterans, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said: “The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location. I am grateful for the positive attitude and flexible policies these organisations have adapted towards the defence community, which is testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation. I am delighted that so many companies are supporting our people and that, through this scheme, we can give them the public recognition they deserve.”

Audrey Nealon, Regional Employer Engagement Director for Wales said, “I am delighted that we can announce 13 Silver ERS 2020 award winners for Wales. I know all of these organisations have worked hard to support Defence objectives and they are all very worthy winners.

“These employers provide inspiration for others to follow in their footsteps. We’re delighted to see Welsh workplaces become more creative and flexible in their methods to support the Armed Forces. The strength of the ERS continues to grow and we warmly welcome new employers who wish to take their first step and pledge their support.”