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Nottingham Forest Community Trust awarded with Ministry of Defence ERS Gold award

3 August 2020

Nottingham Forest Community Trust have been awarded with a Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold award for actively demonstrating our support and advocacy for the Armed Forces community.

Ex-servicemen Jason Spiring, who is now The Forest Sports Zone’s facility manager, and Fred Morris, who is one of the Trust's education tutors, are both valuable employees for the Trust and are a credit to the organisation.

Alongside 17 other organisations who received this prestigious award, the Trust pledges to the nation to support those who serve in the Armed Forces, whether regular or reserve, those who have served in the past, and their families.

This includes the continued support and offer of equal opportunities for members of the Armed Forces Community. The scheme has three levels - Bronze, Silver and Gold. To achieve Gold, organisations must demonstrate that they provide 10 extra paid days leave for reserves 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.

Cat Suckling, the Ministry of Defence’s assistant regional employer engagement director for the East Midlands, said: “I’m thrilled that we can announce a record number of Gold award winners for the region. I know all of these organisations have worked hard to support Defence objectives and they are all very worthy winners.”

2020 marks the seventh year of the awards scheme and this year 47 per cent of winners across the UK are either Micro organisations or SMEs, while 38 per cent are public organisations.

This demonstrates both the growth in numbers and the depth of supportive employers who cover a wide range of sectors and company size. This year’s 127 award winners join a group of 226 winners from previous years, bringing the total to 353 organisations. We will continue to support our Armed Forces community and look to build on this fantastic achievement.

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