Defence Employer Recognition Scheme: going for gold and silver 

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has updated its guidance on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) and has published the dates for organisations to apply for Silver and Gold Awards.  

To achieve Silver or Gold, the application process is in place – please note the relevant dates:

For Gold level – Expressions of Interest must be received by 2 March 2022, with applications completed by 16 March 2022.

For Silver – Expressions of Interest need to be in by 30 March 2022, and completed applications submitted by 13 April 2022.

The process for bronze awards is different.

Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) Team Leader Guy Benson said: “To become Veteran Aware accredited, a Trust needs to demonstrate they support the UK Armed Forces as an employer. This is the third of our eight Manifesto points.”

To find out more about the ERS and how to apply, click here.

The Veteran Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA) is committed to improving Armed Forces and Veteran care whilst raising standards for all. 105 NHS providers in England are now Veteran Aware accredited, and the VCHA aims to have all Trusts in England accredited by November 2022 at the latest. Find out more about our work and about Rehabilitation by clicking here.


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