Highland Council strikes Silver
Highland Council received a prestigious Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award during a dinner at Edinburgh Castle’s Great Hall.
The award was accepted by Senior Ward Manager Dot Ferguson on behalf of the council.
The December 3 event was organised by Highland and Lowland Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Associations to recognise the commitment of employers who have demonstrated or advocated support to defence and the Armed Forces community.
The awards were announced by the Chief Executive of Highland RFCA, Brigadier Mark Dodson, and presented by Major General John Crackett, the Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Reserves and Cadets).
Following the awards the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff spoke to the audience on behalf of The Secretary of State for Defence.
As part of the evening two Reservists also delivered speeches explaining how Reserve service had benefitted them. In addition, the audience heard from employer Hewlett Packard. The company has a unique relationship with 32 Signals Regiment, as both organisations have identified common ground in the personnel they are keen to attract and are now working to help each other.
Other recipients of the award were: Dawnfresh Seafoods; Digby Landscaping & Maintenance; The Weir Group; Doosan Babcock; Department for International Development; Skillforce Scotland; Turner Facilities Management; Future Sales Factory; Glasgow Taxis; Mctaggart Scott; DOGFI.SH Mobile; Suntino Renewable Energy; Global Highland; Fife Council; West Dunbartonshire Council; University of Dundee; Bond Offshore Helicopters; Stagecoach; Falkirk Council; NHS Lanarkshire; Golden Jubilee Hospital; NHS Forth Valley.