Global talent acquisition and management firm Alexander Mann Solutions is celebrating achieving ‘Gold’ status under the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for its work in actively promoting the value of military talent across its talent supply chain.
Now in its fifth year, the initiative represents the highest badge of honour available to businesses which employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. The prestigious ERS Gold accolade publically recognises the commitment that companies are making by hiring veterans directly, supporting individuals transitioning out of the armed forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists.
In 2016, Alexander Mann Solutions signed the Armed Forces Covenant – a promise by the UK government that those who serve or have served their country, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society which they live in.
Today, the consultancy directly employs a number of reservists, veterans and military spouses and partners. The organisation has also been instrumental in helping to improve the prospects of this valuable candidate pool more widely by offering employability training to ex-service personnel, forging a formal partnership with Recruit for Spouses and showcasing the benefits of employing veterans and reservists within client communities and beyond.
Steve Leach, Sector Managing Director, Defence, Engineering & Energy, at Alexander Mann Solutions comments:
“It’s an honour for the Alexander Mann Solutions team to be recognised for the vital work we are doing day-to-day, as we proactively support the Armed Forces community in securing rewarding employment. There are around 2.5 million military veterans in the UK, and official figures show that – as a result of the training opportunities offered by the Ministry of Defence – ex-service personnel are typically highly qualified. However, many of these individuals struggle to market themselves and their transferable skills to potential employers.”
“The experience that this talent pool can bring to a business in areas such as communication, organisational skills and leadership is second to none. We’re proud to be able to bridge the gap between service personnel and potential employers by not only supporting servicemen and women directly, but also inspiring other organisations to do the same.”
Tobias Ellwood, Minister of Defence, People and Veterans, comments:
“The breadth and diversity of this year’s winners shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to flourish. Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.
“We all have a role to play in ensuring that the Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.”