The scheme recognises organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community, and share the values defined in the Armed Forces Covenant, while inspiring others to do the same.
The award, which will be held by NWAS until 2027, has been achieved by the collaborative work across the trust’s Armed Forces Network, HR and recruitment teams. The proactive efforts include employing staff from the defence community, engaging with service leavers and veterans by offering support throughout the recruitment process, actively communicating, and projecting a positive image of defence to partners and working with NHS, private and public sector organisations to share good practice.
Angela Wetton, Director of Corporate Affairs and the Armed Forces Network Executive Champion, said: “It is excellent news that we have retained this much valued award from the Ministry of Defence, in which we first achieved in 2017. This acknowledges our commitment to valuing, supporting, and developing those who have experience within the defence sector.
“NWAS recognises that those who have served or continue to serve in some way in the armed forces have valuable skillsets and experience that they can bring to our sector. There is a huge amount of work carried out behind the scenes by Kairen Smith, Positive Action Officer and the rest of the team which supports this accreditation and our newly launched Armed Forces Network, which will no doubt make an invaluable contribution to this throughout the coming year.”
To achieve the award and as part of the trust’s armed forces strategy, the organisation provides 10 extra paid days leave for reservists and cadet force adult volunteers and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, reserves, as well as spouses and partners of those serving in the armed forces.
For more information visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme