A gold award has been given to Tendring District Council (TDC) as part of the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.
The scheme publicly recognises employers’ efforts to support defence personnel issues, such as employing reservists and veterans, while encouraging other organisations to do the same.
TDC previously held a silver award, bestowed in 2019, but has recently improved its offer through a number of means, including changes to its leave policy to support reservists and cadet leaders.
Councillor Chris Amos, TDC’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Our relationship with the Armed Forces is strong – and getting stronger – and to be given this prestigious award is an absolute honour.
“Both recognising our work internally and across Tendring to support the defence and armed forces communities, we will continue to grow this relationship. Indeed, one of the key criteria of getting a gold award is the work we do now and in the future to encourage others to adopt the same approach.”
Councillor Neil Stock OBE, TDC Leader, added: “Our commitment to the Armed Forces is an important one, as shown by our renewed signing of the Armed Forces Covenant recently; and it is gratifying to hear how veterans have transitioned well into careers with us.”
Kristina Carrington, the Ministry of Defence’s Regional Employer Engagement Director for the East Anglia, said: “We are delighted and humbled that so many of our employers have been awarded a Gold Award, the highest accolade available. Following, what has been a difficult few years for us all, they have gone above and beyond to support our Armed Forces Community – they have our sincerest thanks.”