Sackers get bronze award for supporting the Armed Forces
Image of Forces Personnel we employ; Alex Payne (reservist), Amy Black (spouse of army engineer), Daryl Burton, Simon Harkin, Dominic Brewer (all ex forces).
On 21st March 2019 Sackers gained the bronze award from the Ministry Of Defence.
The award acknowledges the business is supporting armed forces including existing or prospective employees who are members of the community.
Sackers signed a covenant which was the first step to achieving the bronze award, which was gained a week later as a lot of the actions had already been achieved.
Sackers currently have 7 service employees, 5 of which are ex service personnel, one is a reserve and one is a spouse. This makes up nearly 10% of our work force already.
The covenant was signed off by Adrian Dodds, Joint MD of Sackers and signed by Lt Col Marcus Brown on behalf of the Ministry of Defence.
We are now aiming for the Silver Award which they will demonstrate actions that go above and beyond such as actively that service personnel/armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes.
Adrian said “We pleased to get the bronze award, however we aiming to achieve the silver award as it means a lot to us to support service personnel and consciously continue to do so. Our experience has been that they are usually highly skilled and can bring some great attributes to any business. Wattisham is Suffolk based and we are a Suffolk business which is growing so why not look at skilled service personnel looking to change to civilian life? Even the reservist gets £8k worth of training from the military while they are in employment so I can’t see why any business wouldn’t want to explore this opportunity”.