THE commitment made by SaluteMyJob to veterans, reservists and military spouses has been recognised at a prestigious awards ceremony.
The social enterprise, which specialises in helping service leavers into work and translating their acquired military skills into ones recognised by civilian companies, was presented with a silver award from the Defence Employer Recognition scheme at a ceremony at Trinity Place, London last night.
The Silver Awards were presented by Rt Hon Tobias Ellwood MP, Minister for Defence People and Veterans, Commodore David Elford, Royal Navy Regional Commander for Eastern England, Brigadier Michael McGovern, Deputy Commander London District and Air Commodore Richard Barrow OBE, Air Commodore Air Staff.
Congratulating the winners, Tobias Ellwood said: “This year’s winners are setting an example to other organisations, showing the wealth of skills and unique experiences the Armed Forces can bring to a wide range of industries. The winners should be proud of the work they are doing to support the Armed Forces Community.”
SaluteMyJob MD, Brigadier (Retd) Andrew Jackson said the everyone at the organisation was delighted to have been recognised by the scheme.
“SaluteMyJob helps ex-forces jobseekers translate their acquired military knowledge, skills and experience into the language of commercial employers. Crucially, we also help them provide evidence of those skills and attributes, and therefore compete strongly for jobs.
“We work hard to support both our own ex-forces and reservist employees and the service leavers and employers who come to us for targeted support.
“SaluteMyJob’s vision is to join the dots between the hundreds of employers offering thousands of jobs to the thousands of ex-military people needing help to find the right job in the right organisation.”
The awards are based on a 3-tier approach of bronze, silver and gold awards and allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour organisations for their support for the Armed Forces Covenant.
The award acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.
Silver award holders:
- Demonstrate support for service personnel issues and employ at least one member of the armed forces community.
- Actively communicate and uphold a positive stance to their employees via established HR policies and procedures.
- Show flexibility towards annual training commitments and mobilisation of reservist employees and support the employment of cadet instructors, armed forces veterans (including wounded, injured and sick) and military spouses/partners.
- Collect their certificate at a regional silver awards ceremony, receive silver logos to display and are themselves displayed on the list of Employer Recognition Scheme award winners.
- Must be nominated for a silver award by a third party using the online nomination form.
- Are required to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and employ at least one individual from the covenant category that the nomination emphasises.