Cardiff Council has been honoured with a prestigious Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) gold award for its support for the Armed Forces.
The highest award in the ERS, it is presented to those employers that employ and support those who serve in the Armed Forces or the Reserves, veterans and their families and was launched in 2014 by then-Prime Minister David Cameron to ensure serving personnel and veterans are treated fairly.
Minister for Defence People Leo Docherty said: “Regardless of size, location or sector, employing members of the Armed Forces community is good for business and these awards recognise the outstanding support from employers across the UK and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.”
Cllr Chris Weaver, Cardiff Council’s Cabinet member for Finance, Modernisation and Performance, said: “We’re thrilled to be recognised with the ERS Gold Award. “We will always welcome job applications from members of the Armed Forces, including reservists and cadets who will never be unfairly disadvantaged at any stage of our recruitment and selection process.
“Inclusivity is a key part of our culture at the council and we’re proud to create an environment where everyone feels supported.
“Our colleagues with Armed Forces connections have such a positive impact on our business, particularly through their impressive resilience and adaptability, and we’re committed to continuing to give them the support they need.”
To win an award, employers must show that they provide 10 extra paid days’ leave for reservists and have supportive HR policies in place for veterans, reserves, Cadet Force adult volunteers and spouses and partners of those serving in the Armed Forces.
They must also advocate the benefits of supporting those within the Armed Forces community by encouraging others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
The council is one of 12 Welsh employers who will receive their award at a special event in December.