Our Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

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KwikTip Limited is honoured to announce that we have received the silver award from the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)  acknowledging how we provide support to the Armed Forces community .

The scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire others to do the same. Awards are for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The award comes just over six months after we gained initial bronze status. Since then we have made considerable progress in supporting and championing the contributions of the Armed Forces community, by promoting the Armed Forces Covenant to our major business customers (a number of which have taken the pledge) and through the formalisation of our pledge to the forces community and integration of specifics into our business mission values and plan.

This enhanced commitment to the Armed Forces community forms part of KwikTip’s Strategy, under the Social Impact Plan, underpinning its promise to build skills, the economy, society and community through local and national collaboration.

The MoD-backed award recognises how KwikTip continues to actively demonstrate support for the Armed Forces community since signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2022. In particular, the silver award acknowledges our commitment through a dedicated Military Veterans and Reservist Policy which provides enhanced support for its staff, as well as its positive recruitment process which recognises that many of the skills that reservists, veterans and their families have are transferable to the workplace.

Armed Forces Champion and KwikTip Co-Founder Simon Bloomhill, said: “An awful lot of hard work went into our application for this award, evidencing the important progress that KwikTip has made to bring about positive change and to better support this community. We are delighted to have achieved silver status and the work we continue to do will play a vital role in ensuring we go on to gain the gold award. Our next big step on this journey is to proactively demonstrate our forces-friendly credentials as part of the recruiting and selection processes. We will engage with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) in the recruitment of service leavers and have registered for the Forces Families Jobs (FFJ) portal”

CEO Tyler Bloomhill said: “As an Armed Forces-friendly organisation we’re proud to have introduced new measures to better support veterans, reservists and their partners who work for KwikTip, or who may look to join the business in the future. We’re still pretty tiny with recruitment but are immensely proud of how our belief and passion for the forces community has encouraged some of our large corporate customers to take the covenant pledge and support defence people.

“Our new staff and contractee policy, introduced earlier this year, ensures that reservists can carry out their duties with the support of KwikTip and that we will provide appropriate practical help, as well as health and wellbeing support, to anyone returning to work after deployment. We also offer enhanced support for partners and spouses who may need additional help while their loved one is on deployment.”

Find out more about KwikTip’s commitment to the Armed Forces community.