Lancashire County Council wants to improve its recruitment from the armed forces community and encourage the use of their skills and experience to meet skills gaps.
At the Cabinet meeting yesterday (Thursday 13 June), approval was given to prepare an application to the Ministry of Defence’s 2020 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.
As part of this work, the council will consider improving their recruitment policy to encourage more people from the armed forces community to apply for jobs with the council.
It would also look at how the skills and experience within the armed forces community could help to meet the future needs of employers in the county.
County Councillor Geoff Driver CBE, leader of Lancashire County council said: “We’re proud of our ongoing work to support Lancashire’s armed forces community, which includes people currently in service, veterans and their families. We want to strengthen those links even more.
“We’ve already introduced a number of policies to honour our Armed Forces Covenant commitment, which we signed with other organisations in 2013. This includes our nationally-recognised Mentoring in Schools Programme, which involves veterans working in secondary schools to encourage and mentor young people. We want to go even further with our support.
“The 75th anniversary of D-Day recently reminds us of the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces as they serve our country, and that we should assist and support them.”
To receive the 2020 Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award, the county council will need to demonstrate armed forces-friendly recruitment processes, raise awareness of issues affecting the armed forces community with their own staff, and encourage support from other organisations.