AF Covenant Gold Employer Recognition Scheme Award The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) is a Ministry of Defence run scheme which encourages employers to support the work of the Ministry of Defence, and inspire others to do the same. The ERS Gold award is the highest award of the scheme, recognising organisations who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace. The Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS), alongside 50 other organisations, was honoured to receive notification of our Gold Award 2018, from Nigel Atkinson Esq, Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire and President of the South East Reserve Forces’ & Cadets. DMWS has a host of company initiatives and policies in place to encourage and support Service personnel in the workforce, including granting additional leave to Reservists so that they can fulfil their training requirements. DMWS signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2014, and has always had forces-friendly environment with its workplace. Paul Gaffney, the Chief Executive Officer of DMWS said: "It was fantastic news to hear that the Defence Medical Welfare Service has won the Gold Award, under the Employers Recognition Scheme run by the MOD as part of the Covenant.” “We are delighted with this award, as it coincides with our 75th anniversary year and highlights the support that we have given to veterans, reservists and a number of people that we employ within our staff and is a real recognition of what our welfare officers do across the Armed Forces Community." A large number of our workforce come from an Armed Forces background and have thrived in our charity providing the skills that are critical to our work supporting serving, reservists, veterans and their families whilst they are undergoing medical treatment. Helping us to build a bigger, better support network for our Armed Forces community, highlighting a united commitment to our Armed Forces Covenant.