There are many ways businesses, charitable and public sector organisations can support the Armed Forces Community, including:
- Signing the Covenant for Business
- Promote offers/discounts to Armed Forces Community – Defence Discount Service
- Be a Forces Friendly Employer
Covenant for Business
Signing the Covenant for Business means that you are supporting your employees as Reservists and Veterans.
Employers can choose specific promises or pledges to support their employees within the Armed Forces community.
The Covenant should be signed by someone in authority who will make sure that these promises are implemented, this could be the CEO or HR Director. It could also be co-signed by a member of the Armed Forces.
For example, you can pledge to:
- promote the fact you are an armed forces-friendly organisation
- support the employment of veterans and service leavers
- offer flexibility in leave for service spouses/partners before, during and after deployment
- support reservist employees, allowing leave for training and deployment
- offer discount to members of the armed forces community
If you are interested and wish to find out more please contact:
Kristina Carrington, Regional Employer Engagement Director, Reserve Forces and Cadets Association firstname.lastname@example.org
The Defence Discount Service
The Defence Discount Service is the only official discount service for the Armed Forces. If you currently offer discounts for members of the Armed Forces community, or would like to, you can promote this for free on their website.
To sign up to the Defence Discount Service, please ‘Add Your Business’ on the Defence Discount Service website or by emailing email@example.com.
If you are a member of the Armed Forces community you are eligible for a Defence Privilege Card, at a cost of less than £1.00 a year. Visit the Defence Discount Service website to find out how you can start saving now on high street and online purchases.
Forces Friendly Employer
Reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers. Being flexible to the unique situations of the wider Armed Forces community ensures fair treatment to all who are involved, including the spouses and partners, and cadet force adult volunteers.
Organisations can work with Career Transition Partnership’s (CTP) recruitment service to find quality applicants for apprenticeships, full time and vocational work opportunities. CTP provide a personalised service to employers, regardless of size throughout the UK and overseas to understand your skills gaps and employment requirements.
The Officers Association is able to work with employers to assist in finding ideal candidates. At no-cost to employers you can promote job opportunities on their Executive Jobs Board. To find out more about the support with recruitment available, please visit : www.officersassociation.org.uk/careers/oa-jobs-board/
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the Armed Forces community and Defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges. Through a 3 tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers. This allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisation for their support.
Tendring District Council is holder of the Bronze Award.
Further help and advice for employers is available from Defence Relationship Management (DRM).