Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme awards

Oldham Council are one of 12 organisations across the North West  who have received Silver Awards under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).


These recognise organisations who demonstrate support for service personnel, including employing members of the Armed Forces community, and showing flexibility towards training and mobilisation commitments for Reservists.
They also support the employment of Cadet Force Adult Instructors, former Service personnel and military spouses or partners.
Lieutenant Colonel Steven Wotherspoon, Regional Employer Engagement Director at the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA), said: “On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are honoured to be able to recognise the level of support and commitment given to the Armed Forces by organisations in the region. Each recipient has demonstrated not only that they value the ethos of the Armed Forces but also that they are prepared to help Reservists, former servicemen and women and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers in the workplace. The experiences gained through service with the Reserve Forces or volunteering with the Cadet organisations equip individuals with invaluable life skills – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership – all of which make a positive contribution to any organisation.”
The award winners will be presented with certificates signed by the Secretary of State for Defence and the Chief of the Defence Staff during a ceremony in November.