A major Middlesbrough logistics company has been awarded the silver award under ther Ministry of Defense National Employer Recognition Scheme.
AV Dawson which employs 240 people in Tees Valley has been awarded the silver award under the armed forces convenant. The company has strong links with Careers Transition Partnership and employ many ex-service personnel and currently one Reservist with a flexible leave policy to support them.
The Tees Valley based business is one of just 22 businesses selected to receive the silver award in the region. AV Dawson signed their Armed Forces Covenant on 30 April this year at an event hosted by 4th Infantry Brigade at Gatterick Garrison and were subsequently awarded their Bronze Award in June. Winning the silver award demonstrates support to tackle Service personnel issues and actively communicate their status as an Armed Forces friendly organisation and have signed an Armed Forces Covenant to publically announce their support.
Louise Croce, Head of HR and Training at AV Dawson said “It is fantastic to have been awarded the silver award under the employer recognition scheme. Being awarded after the silver award highlights our dedication and ongoing commitment to ex millitary personnel”
Commenting on the announcement of the 2018 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans, the Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP said:
“I am delighted to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards. A Silver award recognises the fantastic efforts of employers throughout the UK who have both elevated their commitments under the Armed Forces Covenant and provided actual benefit to the Armed Forces Community. The winners should all be proud of the life-changing impact and fresh opportunities they are providing to our Reservists, veterans, wounded injured and sick and their families. We’ve seen a record number of winners this year, which shows that the Armed Forces family talent pool is also providing tangible business benefit.”
Gary McLafferty, NE Director Engagement at Ministry of Defence, said:
“Congratulations to this year’s 22 North East Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award winners who have turned their willingness to make a difference to our Armed Forces into effective programmes of support. Their actions mean that our veterans, our Reservists and their families are not disadvantaged by their military service and have the same opportunities as everyone else. Their commitment is highly valued and is at the heart of all that can be achieved in every part of the country through the Armed Forces Covenant”.
The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) was launched in 2014 by the Prime Minister to recognise employer support for the wider principles of the Armed Forces Covenant. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employers that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to Defence and the Armed Forces community. This includes the Reserves, Service leavers, Armed Forces veterans, the wounded, injured and sick, Cadets, military spouses or partners and their families