College recognised by Ministry of Defence

8th September 2020

Solihull College & University Centre have been recognised by the Ministry of Defence for their support to the Armed Forces.

The College and other winners were congratulated by West Midland RFCA for achieving their Silver Awards as part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS).

Silver award holders must demonstrate a number of positive measures and policies in their organisation which actively support members of the Armed Forces community. This includes veterans, Reservists, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and their families. The winners came from a wide range of sectors including education providers, NHS Trusts, charities, local authorities, security firms and the leisure industry.

Bobby Birdi, Regional Employer Engagement Director at West Midland RFCA, said: “We are absolutely delighted that these employers in our region have been recognised by the Ministry of Defence for the support they provide to the Armed Forces community. Every employer here has demonstrated the value they place on the forces community and military experience.”

Commenting on the announcement of the ERS 2020 awards, Johnny Mercer, Minister for Defence People and Veterans said: “The breadth and diversity of the winners this year shows how business support for the Armed Forces continues to grow no matter the sector, company size or location.”

John Callaghan, Principal of Solihull College & University Centre, said: “We are proud to be able to support our reservists to enable them to provide such an important service to our armed forces. We recognise also that our students benefit greatly in learning from the experiences of our armed service veterans and reservists, in particular within our public services provision.”

The College also helps to train future members of the armed forces via its Public Services courses.

Find out more about the College’s Public Services courses: Public Services