11th August 2020

Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) has been awarded a prestigious Silver Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award from the Ministry of Defence. The ERS Awards recognise employers who have actively demonstrated their support for the Armed Forces community through implementing practical policies in the workplace.

Under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, employers support Defence personnel and encourage others to do the same. The Scheme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for Defence and the Armed Forces community. 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 veterans, Reserves, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.

Speaking following the award Katy Nevitt, Armed Forces Lead at BGU, expressed her pride and reiterated the University’s commitment to support members of the Armed Forces:

“Two years ago BGU signed up to the Bronze Armed Forces Covenant award, so to receive the Silver Award within such a short space of time is something the University is extremely proud of. We recognise the contribution and sacrifice made by members of the Armed Forces community, and have pledged to support our service personnel, veterans and their families. This award also reflects our commitment and support for colleagues who both work at BGU and serve in the Reserve Forces and Cadet Forces.

Employees with an armed forces background at BGU also bring valuable skills and experience to the business of the university, which reinforces our commitment to wider diversity within our student population and workforce.”

You can find more information on the avenues into Higher Education and the support available at BGU for members of the Armed Forces on our website.