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Cumbria Chamber receives award for Armed Forces support

Cumbria Chamber received the silver award under the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme at a presentation at Carlisle Cathedral last month.
Cumbria Chamber receives award for Armed Forces support

The award recognises the Chamber’s commitment to supporting the armed forces community and encouraging other businesses to do the same.

Cumbria Chamber has been recognised along with 56 other businesses in the North West of England. Other Cumbrian businesses included in the list are Cumbria Education Trust (William Howard School), Wragg Mark-Bell Solicitors, Nuclear Waste Services and James Fisher Subtech.

Cumbria Chamber Managing Director, Suzanne Caldwell said:

“Over the past two years we’ve been working to develop our support for the armed forces community.  We’d already changed our recruitment policies some time ago, so this started with refreshing and really getting behind our Armed Forces Covenant. As part of working towards our silver award, we’ve gone further with new company policies to meet the needs of army reservists during training and mobilisation, for example.

It’s no secret that we are currently facing a staffing crisis in Cumbria with businesses struggling to recruit people with the right skills. So, given our role as a Chamber, we’ve been promoting the opportunities and benefits of employing service leavers, veterans and reservists, as well as members of Forces families. Ex-service personnel and reservists possess valuable experience, skills and qualities and the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) will help you make your business more attractive to them. There’s also support available to help you with tapping into this pool of potential employees.

Through the ERS, businesses can also develop future recruitment opportunities by working actively with local cadet groups. Not all cadets will join the forces and their participation in cadets makes a huge difference to their employability.

So I’d really encourage businesses to consider taking part in the ERS as a way of mitigating staffing  challenges if nothing else.

We’d like to congratulate the Cumbrian businesses who have received their silver award with us and strongly encourage others to find out more and get involved!

If anyone would like to know more about what’s involved please do get in touch, I’d be more than happy to talk you through it. And keep an eye out for more events on this from us.


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