Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award

Whether you are an employer, charity, government organisation, or simply an individual wishing to show your support for the armed forces community, there are a number of ways to get involved.

 

If you want to show your support for the Armed Forces Covenant – whether you’re a covenant signatory or not – you can use the brand guidelines.  The guidelines explain how to use the Armed Forces Covenant logo, colours and tone of voice. Use of the branding will also be useful for any armed forces schemes, networks or initiatives you have or are planning in the workplace.

There are also various events planned each year which you can get involved with to show your support:

If you’re an employer and wish to plan a workplace event to create awareness and understanding of the armed forces with your organisation, contact Defence Relationship Management: employerrelations@rfca.mod.uk .

Employer Recognition Scheme

What is the Armed Forces Covenant Award?

Kopek Security is one of a select group of organisations which have been honoured in this year’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). The company had already achieved a Bronze Award last year and in 2019 progressed to a Silver Award an in 2021 looking at going for gold after signing the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrating outstanding support for those who serve and have served.

Armed Forces Covenant

An Enduring Covenant Between The People of the United Kingdom Her Majesty’s Government – and – All those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces of the Crown And their Families.

The first duty of Government is the defence of the realm. Our Armed Forces fulfil that responsibility on behalf of the Government, sacrificing some civilian freedoms, facing danger and, sometimes, suffering serious injury or death as a result of their duty. 

Families also play a vital role in supporting the operational effectiveness of our Armed Forces.

Kopek Security

Have been honoured with the Silver Award at a special ceremony at the National Memorial Arboretum in October when they are presented with the award.

One of the testimonials that were provided for the ERS was

 “I have now worked for Kopek Security for just over a year now.

“In this time I have been able to use some of the skills I learned within the Army Cadet Force and for that reason, I have been promoted to supervisor.

“The large majority of our personnel have served and I feel it’s great that Kopek really strives to gain such individuals. What a fantastic company to work for and what fantastic people that made Kopek Security happen.”

Kopek provides a range of security services including manned security, security dogs, event security and detection dogs.

The company’s aim is to provide a down-to-earth, professional and discreet, working closely with our clients to offer value at competitive costs in an ever-growing and evolving industry. Its mission statement is deter, detect and defend.

Reservists

The Reserve Forces

The Reserve forces play a crucial role in national security from countering security threats, peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts abroad to supporting communities at home.

The training and skills gained in the Reserves can be used to improve performance in the workplace and can enhance skills in areas such as leadership, team work, communication and decision making often in challenging situations and environments.

Some of the benefits of joining the reserves are:

  • paid for your time and a tax free bounty
  • (Kopek Security offer 10 days paid leave for staff who are part of the Reserve Forces, to support annual training commitments)
  • Pension
  • training and qualifications
  • Sports and adventure training
  • overseas travel
  • armed forces railcard

Royal Naval Reserves You can apply to join the Royal Naval Reserve as a rating when you’re 16 to 42 years old, and 17 to 42 for an officer role, although the upper age limit depends on the service and your chosen specialisation.    

·      Joining the Reserves- Why the Royal Navy?

·      Application process

·      Training

·      Role finder

 

Army Reserves (multiple locations across the West Midlands)

You can join the Reserve between the ages of 18-49. No qualification are required unless you’re applying for an officer role. Some useful links to information about the Army Reserve are below:

·      Joining the Reserves- Why the British Army?

·      Application process

·      Training

 

Royal Air Force Reserves

Some useful links to information about the RAF Reserves are below:

Reserve Forces: Additional Information

The Cadet Forces

 

The cadet forces are voluntary youth organisations supported by the Ministry of Defence. They offer challenging and enjoyable activities for young people, and prepare them to play an active part in the community while developing valuable life skills.

The cadet forces could not exist without the support of over 28,000 dedicated adults who volunteer to help train cadets, run meetings, activities and events. There are opportunities to volunteer as a Cadet Force Instructor, with the chance to learn new skills and get high-level leadership, management and organisational qualifications.

Sea Cadets

Website: http://www.sea-cadets.org/

Volunteer: https://www.sea-cadets.org/volunteer

The Army Cadet Force

Website: http://armycadets.com/

Volunteer: https://armycadets.com/volunteer-with-us/

Air Cadets

Website: http://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/

Volunteer: https://www.raf.mod.uk/aircadets/want-to-join/join-as-an-adult-volunteerhttps://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme/defence-employer-recognition-scheme

Be a forces friendly employer

Reservists and veterans bring a variety of transferable skills and qualities to the civilian workplace, developed throughout their military careers.

These 3 short films  eloquently articulate the range of transferable skills that a career in the military provides and MOD wholeheartedly endorses the key message that companies of all shapes and sizes should consider the proven business benefits of hiring veterans.

They have been produced by Deloitte (one of the earliest signatories of the Armed Forces Covenant and an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award Winner) in collaboration with the Officers Association (a member of MOD’s Career Transition Partnership), Business in The Community and the Drive Project. It is important that whilst we continue to improve support for the minority of service leavers and their families who face challenges after leaving, we also recognise and celebrate that most veterans leave enriched by their service.

Being flexible to the unique situations of the wider armed forces community ensures fair treatment to all who are involved, including the spouses and partners, and cadet force adult volunteers.

You decide how you want to support the armed forces community through your covenant promise. Advice is available to help you to write and tailor your pledge .

You can find out what the Armed Forces Covenant means for employers  and get tips for covenant best practice.

Organisations can work with Career Transition Partnership’s (CTP)  recruitment service to find quality applicants for apprenticeships, full time and vocational work opportunities. CTP provide a personalised service to employers, regardless of size throughout the UK and overseas to understand your skills gaps and employment requirements.

Another way to show your support is by offering discounts to the armed force community through the Defence Discount Service. Register for free .

Employer Recognition Scheme

The Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)  acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

Through a 3 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 organisation for their support.

You can nominate yourself for a bronze award Silver  and gold  awards are bestowed to organisations meeting specific criteria. 

You can join the ERS LinkedIn  group for the latest ERS news and connect with other supportive employers.

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