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Ministry of Defence Award Part of Larger Ex-Forces Strategy

  • Publish Date: Posted over 5 years ago
  • Author: Rebekah Valero-Lee

​Morson Group were delighted to be among the new winners of the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Awards, the Ministry of Defence’s highest badge of honour for organisations that have signed the Armed Forces Covenant and demonstrated outstanding support for those who serve and have served.

The ERS Gold Awards recognise employers who actively support the Armed Forces community in their workplace and also encourage others to follow their lead. The award scheme, which attracts entries from companies in every part of the country and in the private and public sectors, has seen a rapid increase in participation since it launched in 2014.

In the last 12 months, Morson has recruited over 1,200 ex-forces candidates into a wide variety of roles across each of our key verticals and this award reflects a larger ex-forces strategy across the Group. Key to this strategy is our employment of in-house ex-forces personnel within the business itself, aside from just ex-forces contractors.

Jon Moon, who is Morson’s contracts manager for the multi-million pound Apache Integrated Operational Support project at Wattisham and Middle Wallop, is one of these. After joining the Corp of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in 1983, Jon served his initial military training before suffering an injury in 1994 that restricted his operational capacity within the armed forces. While making the transition wasn’t always straightforward, Jon praises Morson for allowing him the freedom to develop as a manager.

Another ex-forces employee is Adam Black, who has worked for Morson for over 10 years as an onsite account manager for Thomas Cook. In his current role, he is responsible for all contract staff across all trade boundaries. He began his career in the armed forces as an Aircraft Engineering Mechanic in the Royal Navy but was medically discharged after suffering injuries in a road traffic accident.

With this kind of in-house experience in making the transition from a career in the military into civilian life, we are able to provide an exceptional service to our over 1,200 recruited candidates and can effectively deploy them across the UK on critical projects.

In order to achieve this, Morson is active on the ex-forces circuit. Throughout the year, we appear at many large-scale events and smaller drop-in sessions across the whole UK, including the Career Transition Partnership (which provides a constant stream of highly experienced candidates across all sectors). We also hosted a Meet & Greet event with our recruiters at the Morson head office in March.

Being awarded Gold accreditation from the Ministry of Defence is a reflection on the work we have done with the ex-forces community, and will only help strengthen this work in the future.

Morson Group CEO Ged Mason said of the Gold Award:

“It is a real honour and we are proud to be awarded this accreditation. Our armed forces are special and it is only right we support them in their career progression and development as they have protected our country. I am pleased our employees across the business are dedicated to supporting them through the Career Transition Partnership and other initiatives. Looking at some of the names on this list this year it’s great to see so many of our clients also being recognised and it gives me great pleasure to be amongst them.”

Want to find out more? Visit our Ex-Forces page here.