Ministry Of Defence sees KCC as a military friendly employer of choice

Chairman of Kent County Council Gary Cooke receives a framed certificate from Lt Col Nathan Horsmann showing KCC's gold award as a military friendly employer

KCC Chairman Gary Cooke receives the gold  award from  Lt Col Nathan Horsmann

A gold standard recognising the support afforded to ex-service personnel and reservists has been presented to Kent County Council (KCC) by serving members of the military.

KCC’s Ministry of Defence Employers’ Recognition Gold Award has been revalidated, five years since it first received it, and Lt Col Nathan Horsmann, Commanding Officer of 3 Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (PWRR) based in Canterbury, attended a meeting of full council to hand the honour to Chairman Gary Cooke, who also chairs the Kent and Medway Civilian-Military Partnership Board

The MoD looks at how the Armed Forces Covenant is embedded in the culture of an organisation and how it ensures veterans and their families live successful and fulfilled lives, together with enabling the commitments of current reservists.

Revalidation is not a given but follows a rigorous process. Just 10 organisations in the South East have received this recognition for a second time, with KCC one of only a handful of county councils nationally.

Canon Peter Bruinvels, KCC’s Covenant Lead and Civilian-Military Liaison Adviser, said: “It was a great honour for KCC to firstly have its Gold Award revalidated and more importantly to have it presented by Lt Col Nathan Horsmann, who expressed how appreciated it is that the Armed Forces Covenant is so important to KCC.

“All KCC Members have demonstrated their strong support to the Armed Forces and their families based in Kent.

“KCC is also keen to employ both ex-service and Reservists and has a highly supportive policy of recruiting ex-service personnel. I am very proud that KCC is a seen as military friendly employer of choice by the MoD.”

Also attending was Brigadier Andrew Wood DL – Deputy Lieutenant of Kent and a Lead Officer at the Royal College of Defence Studies plus chairman of Kent SERFCA.

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