Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been granted the Silver award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), run by the Ministry of Defence.
This is a significant step up from the Bronze award received earlier this year, further acknowledging the exceptional support they strive to provide to the armed forces and defence community by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.
Through a three-tier approach of bronze, silver, and gold awards, the scheme recognises the different levels of commitment provided by employers. This allows the Ministry of Defence to publicly thank and honour those organisations for their support.
Max Bardwell, Senior Business Development Manager at NTU’s Medical Technologies Innovation Facility and former reservist told us: “The Armed Forces Covenant is fundamentally about enabling wider participation in higher education and higher education employment; by lowering barriers for those who might otherwise find it prohibitively difficult to engage. This speaks to the core of NTU’s mission and is therefore why we are pleased at being able to sign up to the covenant.”
Reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, and therefore being flexible to the unique situations of the wider armed forces community ensures fair treatment to all who are involved.