Armed Forces Covenant and Employer Recognition Schemes | October 2020

Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with, The Hon. Juan Watterson, Speaker of the House of Keys to raise awareness of, and encourage participation in, the Armed Forces Covenant and Employer Recognition Schemes run by the Ministry of Defence.

Date: Tuesday 06 October 2020

Signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant opens the door to a range of support from our colleagues at the North West Reserve Forces and Cadets Association. The NWRFCA team provides support on employing Reservists, veterans, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and military spouses and improving fairness for the Armed Forces community in the consumer market.

The Armed Forces Covenant
Since 2013, thousands of companies across the UK have publicly pledged their support to the armed forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, organisations pledge to honor 2 main principles:• no member of the armed forces community should face disadvantage at work or in the community compared to other citizens
• in some circumstances special consideration is appropriate for those who have given most, such as the injured or bereaved

Employer Recognition Scheme
Organisations who take positive action to make their workplace more reservist friendly and support the wider Defence People requirements may be eligible for Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) awards
These awards are a public recognition by the MOD of an employer’s efforts to pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the armed forces community. The IOM Government has just been awarded Silver status, and we would expect that this would be eminently achievable for many Manx companies as well.

You can sign up to both schemes via the links below:-

Armed Forces Covenant

Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)