Stirling Council has been recognised for its outstanding support to the Armed Forces Community after receiving a Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.
Armed Forces Day

The Ministry of Defence’s Gold Awards represent the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support serving personnel, veterans, and their families.

The Council was among 100 organisations presented with the accolade last week at the National Army Museum in London. Stirling is now one of eight local authorities in Scotland to have the Gold Award.

Support for Veterans

Kristine Johnson, Chief Officer for HR & OD, has spearheaded the scheme and accepted the award from General Sir Nick Carter.

She said: “The Council signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012, and it’s about us ensuring serving personnel, their spouses and family, veterans and Reservists are not disadvantaged after having served or continue to serve. This can be in relation to housing, education or even health.

“As an employer, we have been working to the standards in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, obtaining the Silver Award in 2014, which was renewed in 2017. We have continued to develop our support for Reservists and Adult Cadet Volunteers, offering leave to attend training or support when mobilised.

“For veterans who have changed careers, having served in the Armed Forces, we offer a guaranteed interview where they meet the criteria for the post. We recognise their transferable skills and we have an Armed Forces network, which gives employees from across the Council the opportunity to meet and share experiences.”

Council shows commitment to Defence

Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Committee governs the local authority’s HR policies, which have been supportive of the Employer Recognition Scheme since its launch in 2014.

In its commendation, the local authority was praised for its longstanding commitment to Defence. This included:

  • Delivering an annual Armed Forces Day, attracting thousands of visitors and hosting key employers and influencers.
  • Its close links with the 51st Infantry Brigade and Army Scotland HQ which were recently based in the city.
  • Providing generous leave and support for Reservists.
  • Having a guaranteed interview scheme and work placements for service personnel.
  • Praise for Chief Officer HR & OD, Kristine Johnson for being a shining example of the Council’s commitment to Defence.
  • An armed forces network for employees who have served.

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”