Devon County Council has been presented with the Silver Award from the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.
The award was received by Devon County Council Leader John Hart and Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Armed Forces Lead Member, on behalf of the Council.
The scheme recognises employers that support Defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. Devon County Council is one of 26 employers in the South West to receive the award this year.
The Silver Award acknowledges Devon’s support for former service personnel transitioning from the Forces into career opportunities within the Council, as well as the support to employees who have partners who serve in the Armed Forces. This includes:
– Providing information and signposting regarding the council’s recruitment processes to military families;
– Now actively recruiting from those transitioning to civilian life, via Employer Insite days and offering Work Experience Programme opportunities, with mentoring support from ex-military personnel now employed with the council;
– Support employees who have partners on deployment;
– Actively working with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP).
Devon County Council Leader John Hart said: “We’re proud to receive this Silver Award. Those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, deserve our respect and support, and this award highlights the council’s ‘forces-friendly’ credentials, both as an employer and a local authority. We will now be aiming to go a step further as we work towards the Gold Award.”
Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and former member of the Armed Forces, said: “As a County Council, we have pledged to uphold the Armed Forces Covenant to ensure the armed forces community is treated fairly and is integrated within the wider community of Devon. We’re committed to supporting service personnel, reservists, veterans and military families and we’re honoured to have gained the Silver Award for what we have achieved so far.”
The latest award for the County Council builds on its success in attaining the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award after signing the Employer Armed Forces Covenant.
In addition to the professional support, the County Council has also established a staff Armed Forces network. This enables staff from the community to come together, share experiences and provide mutual support for staff who have served, are reservists or have close family who are serving.