The Gold Award is the highest badge of honour for companies supporting defence and aligning with the Armed Forces Covenant.
Having previously held the Silver ERS, this recognition demonstrates SEA's continued commitment to ex-service personnel, which includes engaging with suppliers to ensure their awareness and adoption of the Armed Forces Covenant, providing career opportunities for individuals transitioning from the military, recognising and accommodating the requirements of Reservists and considering veterans for job positions based on their military qualifications.
Richard Flitton, Managing Director at SEA says. “We are incredibly proud to receive this recognition from the UK Government. Commitment to the Armed Forces community runs right through SEA and without ex-service personnel in our business, we would not be able to deliver critical defence capability that helps keep our people, our country, and our assets safe.
“As a business we embrace the values of the Armed Forces Covenant and I’m proud of the way this continues to evolve. Our Reservist policy allows our Reservists to carry out their commitments while we also support servicepeople transitioning to civilian life and have a thriving military volunteering community. Alongside community endeavours to support service-related charities and organisations, such as our recent Run2Paris supporting SSAFA, SEA wholly embodies the spirit of the Armed Forces Covenant.”
SEA was among the 193 others who were awarded the Defence ERS Gold Award, a record high since 2013. Winning this award demonstrates SEA’s ability to understand the operational and technical needs of their customers, while advocating for the Armed Forces Covenant, reservists and veterans.
The Defence ERS encourages employers to support the defence industry and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that support the defence and armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.