Fortem have been recognised for their work with the Armed Forces by being awarded a Silver Award by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS). This follows on from their Bronze award earlier this year and after signing the Armed Forces Covenant in 2018.
The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector organisations pledging, demonstrating or advocating support to defence and the armed forces community.
In order to achieve a Silver award organisations must proactively demonstrate that service personnel/armed forces community are not unfairly disadvantaged in their recruitment process, ensure their workforce is aware of the positive polices for defence and demonstrate support to training by providing at least 5 days’ additional unpaid/paid leave.
As part of Fortem’s involvement they have also welcomed numerous Ex-Service leavers into their business. This has involved partnering with organisations such as Project RECCE, who aim to become the number one in the UK for Ex-Service veterans wishing to enter employment in the construction industry.
Loz Moore, Co-Founder, Project RECCE, said “Our unique and ground-breaking programme is supported in collaboration with a number of military charities including Help For Heroes, Community Self Build (Veterans), Walking With The Wounded, The Royal British Legion, and construction companies like Fortem whose core values much mirror those of the military community.
“These strategic partnerships are vital to our pathway into construction for service leavers and it gives us great pleasure to acknowledge the great work that the team are doing to improve employer perceptions of the armed forces community across construction and beyond.”
Fortem are working with Project RECCE further in September to offer a House Building and Property Maintenance Course to help even more Ex-Service Personnel into our industry.
Fortem look forward to welcoming more service leavers into their business.