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Rushcliffe acknowledged for further commitment to support Armed Forces members

27 November 2018

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s commitment to supporting serving and former Armed Forces personnel and their families in the Borough has been further recognised at an awards ceremony.

The authority was awarded a silver award from the The Armed Forces Covenant Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme on November 15 that acknowledges  the Council’s awareness of the variety of transferable skills reservists, veterans and current personnel can bring to the civilian workplace.

It means the Council proactively demonstrate that service personnel or those in the armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Covenant Champion Cllr Debbie Mason collected the accolade with the Council’s Executive Manager for Communities Dave Mitchell and in conjunction with Melton and Charnwood Borough Councils who have also been awarded silver status.

Cllr Mason said: “We’re very proud to have this further recognition following earning bronze status last year.

“We’re committed to exploring what those who serve in the forces can bring to our organisation.

“The skills, aptitudes and values those in the forces learn can make them perfect candidates for roles in any sector but given the public element of the services we provide, they may be a great fit for roles in the organisation.

“We will actively look for suitable candidates from military backgrounds when considering our vacancies and look to build on this award with further work with armed forces personnel in our communities.

“I have attended the Covenant’s forces Breakfast Club at Gamston for example and seen first hand the benefit support frameworks like this can have in place for those from a military background. Long may this work continue.”