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Council recognised for supporting the Armed Forces community as an employer

Powys County Council

POWYS County Council has on Tuesday 2 July been named as one of just 19 employers in Wales who are to receive the Ministry of Defence’s ERS Silver Award for 2024.

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) acknowledges those who have demonstrated their support for the Armed Forces community by implementing practical workplace policies.

The award will be presented to the council at a ceremony in Cardiff on Wednesday 17 July.

To achieve Silver, organisations must proactively demonstrate that the Armed Forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruitment policies. They must also actively ensure their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards Defence people issues for reservists, veterans, cadet force adult volunteers, and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

To find out more about the Employer Recognition Scheme and how your business can benefit from supporting the Armed Forces Community: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme

Jane Thomas, Powys County Council’s Director of Corporate Services said: “As part of our corporate and strategic equality plan, we have committed to supporting ‘good quality, sustainable employment’ and our backing for the Armed Forces community is a key part of this pledge.

“Members of this community have a lot to offer the council, and other employers in Powys, in terms of the skills they have acquired but also the aptitude they have already demonstrated for public service.”