Orbit receives Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award from MoD

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Orbit has received a Silver Award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in recognition of their support to the defence and armed forces community, part of their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

Orbit signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant in 2017, while also supporting reservists with its ‘time off policy’, enabling colleagues to have time away from the business to carry out any required training without using their allocated annual leave.

The affordable housing provider also demonstrates its commitment to the armed forces through its work with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) who provide job opportunities to ex-armed forces personnel. Orbit works with the CTP by advertising vacancies which match the skill set of those who’ve left the armed forces on their portal.

Delivering upon social responsibilities

Paul Richards, Group Director of Customer and Communities at Orbit, said: “We are proud to be part of the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and support the defence and armed forces communities who can offer vital skills and support our values as an organisation.

“We’re passionate about building thriving communities, supporting people to excel in their roles and delivering upon our social responsibilities. People who have served in the armed forces bring a wealth of skills including teamwork, planning and time management, communication, specialist knowledge, problem solving and leadership, which are all qualities we strive for from our colleagues. We are delighted to be recognised for this and to receive the Silver award for the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme.”

Over 4,000 organisations including businesses and charities have signed the covenant, as well as all 407 local authorities in mainland Great Britain and four Northern Ireland councils.

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