College Receives Defence Force Recognition


Major-General Richard Stanford and Colonel Richard Maybery awarding Catherine Armstrong the Employer Recognition Silver Award

Shrewsbury College has been recognised as a major supporter of the Armed Forces and their families, by being awarded the prestigious Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award by the General Officer Commanding Regional Command, Major General Richard Stanford and the Deputy Commander of 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade, Colonel Richard Maybery.

The awards ceremony was held at The Library of Birmingham and hosted jointly by West Midland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and 11 Signal and West Midlands Brigade.

The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for companies that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to the Armed Forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant.

The ERS is designed primarily to recognise private sector support although public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.

“This is a real honour,” comments Catherine Armstrong, Group Vice Principal Curriculum Support and Business Development at Shrewsbury College. “The College is totally committed to supporting service personnel and to encouraging our students to get involved with the armed forces through a variety of schemes, including our dedicated Public Uniformed Services courses and the army cadet scheme.  Recognition by the Armed Forces that we are making a positive contribution is very rewarding.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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