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Alexander Mann Solutions achieves gold in Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

Recognising for vital work in supporting ex-service personnel into employment

Recruitment International

To review the original article click here 14th Nov 2018

Alexander Mann Solutions has achieved ‘Gold’ status under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for its work in actively promoting the value of military talent across its talent supply chain.

Now in its fifth year, the initiative represents the highest badge of honour available to businesses which employ and support those who serve veterans, and their families. The ERS Gold accolade publicly recognises the commitment that companies are making by hiring veterans directly, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.

In 2016, Alexander Mann Solutions signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise by the UK government that those who serve or have served their country, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society which they live in.

Today, the consultancy directly employs a number of reservists, veterans and military spouses and partners.

The 2018 reception took place at Lancaster House on Monday 12th November, as Remembrance Days were being recognised the world over. Alexander Mann Solutions was proud to be represented by Fionuala Goritsas, Client Advocacy Manager, as well as Oliver Holland, Consultant - Talent, Executive Search and Research and a Navy Reservist, and Catherine Slade, Sourcing Specialist and a military wife, who accepted the firm's 'Gold' level honour.

Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, gave out the awards to those in attendance. Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said of the recognition:

“These awards show just how valued and in demand these skills are. I encourage more businesses to sign up to the Armed Forces Covenant and show their support for our brave service leavers.” 

Steve Leach, Sector Managing Director, Defence, Engineering & Energy at Alexander Mann Solutions, commented:

“It’s an honour for the Alexander Mann Solutions team to be recognised for the vital work we are doing day-to-day, as we proactively support the Armed Forces community in securing rewarding employment. There are around 2.5 million military veterans in the UK, and official figures show that – as a result of the training opportunities offered by the Ministry of Defence – ex-service personnel are typically highly qualified. However, many of these individuals struggle to market themselves and their transferable skills to potential employers."

“The experience that this talent pool can bring to a business in areas such as communication, organisational skills and leadership is second to none. We’re proud to be able to bridge the gap between service personnel and potential employers by not only supporting servicemen and women directly, but also inspiring other organisations to do the same.”

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, who presided over the evening, added:  

“The breadth and diversity of this year’s Gold Award winners shows how business support for the armed forces continues to flourish. I offer my gratitude and congratulations to all the winners.” 

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