The Ministry of Defence today announced Wolferstans as one of the new winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award, its highest badge of honour for organisations which have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.
The ERS Gold Awards recognise employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and also encourage others to follow their lead. The award scheme, which attracts entries from companies in every part of the country and in the private and public sectors, has seen a rapid increase in participation since it launched in 2014.
The 2017 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold award winners are:
Wolferstans Solicitors, Airbus, Balfour Beatty, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Combat Pest Control, DHL, DXC Technology, ER Systems Global, FDM, Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce, General Dynamics UK, Hampshire Hospital, Hull City Council, NHS Golden Jubilee Foundation, Inverclyde Council, Kuehne & Nagel, Laing O’Rourke, Liverpool City Council, Mabway Ltd, ManpowerGroup UK, Metropolitan Police Service, Morson Group, Network Rail, North West Ambulance Service, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, Shropshire Council, Skanska UK Plc, Sodexo UK & Ireland, South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Transport for London, West Midlands Fire Service, Wiltshire Council, X-Forces.
Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:
“These companies have shown the gold standard of commitment to supporting members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their families. They have taken meaningful steps to ensure the Defence community are not disadvantaged by the sacrifice they make in helping keep this country safe. The actions of these employers make it crystal clear that regardless of size, location, or sector, employing people with military skills is good for business.”
Commenting on their Gold status, Phil Thorneycroft, Partner and Solicitor at Wolferstans said:
“Wolferstans are delighted to be recognised with this prestigious award for the work we have undertaken supporting the Armed Forces and ex service personnel.
We have been providing legal services to the people of Plymouth for over 205 years and as the Armed Forces are an integral part of the Plymouth Community; it was important that we made sure that Wolferstans were able to meet the needs of the current Armed Forces community, both as employers and in the services we provide.
It is an honour that we are the first firm of solicitors in the UK to achieve this award and I am extremely proud of everyone here at Wolferstans who have worked so hard to ensure we reached the high standards required”
Wolferstans Armed Forces Coordinator and Royal Navy veteran, Natasha Mason, added:
“After leaving behind a 19 year career in the Royal Navy, I am incredibly lucky and proud to work for Wolferstans; they have encouraged me every step of the way with my new career and support many employees from the Armed Forces Community through work place policies and by having an understanding of military personnel matters.
In addition, the support Wolferstans gives to the wider Armed Forces Community is incredible: from advice clinics, to charitable support and jobs fairs, Wolferstans Solicitors understand what matters to those who serve, those who have served and their families.
To be the first law firm to have this recognition is an outstanding example of the support and understanding many service leavers wish to have from their employer.”
The Ministry of Defence also announced today that following a stringent assessment, seven recipients of the 2014 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards have retained their Gold status: BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, Carillion, Hewlett-Packard (HP), NHS Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and NHS Scotland.