The Ministry of Defence has given a Gold Award to Hertfordshire County Council in recognition of our outstanding support for the Armed Forces community.

We are one of 100 employers, including just 23 local authorities, to receive an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award in 2019.

The prestigious accolade was announced today (Thursday 22 August) by Defence Minister Ben Wallace and will be presented at the National Army Museum in London in November.

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”

The MOD’s Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, including veterans and their families. The scheme continues to grow year on year with awardees doubling in the last 12 months, taking the total to 228.

All winners, including the county council, have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant, known in the county as Hertfordshire Heroes. They also engage wherever possible with the Career Transition Partnership to promote the recruitment of service leavers.

Owen Mapley, Chief Executive, Hertfordshire County Council said: “It is a great honour that Hertfordshire County Council has been selected to receive the prestigious Gold Award for our commitment to supporting those in the Armed Forces community. 

“We are proud to be a forces-friendly organisation, providing support to all employees involved with Defence and service life whether as reservists, veterans, cadet force adult volunteers or as military spouses. The council is also committed to improving fairness for the Armed Forces community.”

Cabinet Member for Education, Libraries and Localism, Cllr Terry Douris “As Chairman of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board, I am delighted that Hertfordshire County Council, as a signatory to the Covenant, has been recognised for its positive attitude and policies towards the Armed Forces Community.

“We know that the transferrable and core skills of Veterans and Reservists are invaluable to employers and we continue to encourage all Hertfordshire businesses, large or small, to consider how they can be part of the armed forces covenant family.”

Hertfordshire Heroes promotes an understanding and awareness among the public of the armed forces community by developing strong relationships and supporting activities which help integrate serving and ex-military personnel into local life.

The Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board was established to deliver these promises and encourage the civilian community to develop a better understanding of the armed forces’ unique roles and issues.

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”

We will be presented with our Gold Award on Tuesday 12 November 2019 at the National Army Museum in London.

More information about the Armed Forces Covenant and how to get involved is at https://www.armedforcescovenant.gov.uk/

For a full list of Employer Recognition Scheme Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme