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“When it comes to candidates, dealing with high-pressure situations, assessing risk versus reward, leadership and discipline are all important qualities offered by those who have worked in the emergency services, alongside “simple things like being punctual, a good work ethic and seeing something through”

Emergency Services Career Transition are proud to support existing award schemes which demonstrate companies’ commitment to the Emergency Services.

These include Employer Supported Policing and the wider Citizens in Policing agenda. To support this commitment and wider involvement we are launching our own recognition scheme.

 

What is it

The Emergency Services Career Transition Recognition Scheme awards companies’ who support the UK Emergency Services Community. This can be demonstrated through supportive policies to those who serve, volunteer or have served with the Emergency Services. We also encourage support for Emergency Services families, who are the vital support for people doing challenging work, often with anti-social hours and conditions. We also strongly advocate support for the Emergency Services cadet schemes and we are proud to support schemes such as Citizens in Policing.

The level of commitment demonstrated by organisations is recognised by a Bronze, SIlver and Gold awards system.

 

LEVELS

BRONZE AWARD

Bronze award holders:

  • This award is self-nominated by employers, who pledge to support the emergency services, including existing or prospective employees who are members of the emergency services community.
  • Promote being emergency services-friendly and are open to employing special constables, retained firefighters, emergency service volunteers, emergency services veterans (including the wounded, injured and sick), cadet instructors and emergency service spouses/partners
  • Display on their website, stationery and other promotional material, the Bronze Award symbol.

SILVER AWARD

Silver award holders:

  • Must have achieved the bronze award.
  • The employer must proactively demonstrate that members of the emergency services community are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their recruiting and selection processes.
  • Employers must employ at least one individual from the emergency services community category that the nomination emphasises, e.g. Special Constable, Retained Firefighter, Police Support Volunteer, Emergency Services Veteran.
  • The employer must actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards emergency service people issues.
  • Within the context of the Emergency Services, the employer must have demonstrated support to voluntary service or have a framework in place. They must demonstrate support to training by providing at least 5 days additional unpaid/paid leave for persons undertaking unpaid roles such as Special Constables, St John’s Ambulance.
  • The employer must not have been the subject of any negative PR or media activity which could bring the emergency services into disrepute.

Display on their website, stationery and other promotional material, the Silver Award symbol.

GOLD AWARD

Gold award holders:

  • Must be a Silver award winner
  • Employers must have an existing relationship with Emergency Services Career Transition
  • The employer must proactively demonstrate their emergency services friendly credentials as part of their recruiting and selection processes. Where possible, they should be engaged in the recruitment of service leavers, through Emergency Services Career Transition or approved partners.
  • Employers must employ at least one individual from the emergency services community category that the nomination emphasises. For example, an employer nominated for support to the Police must employ at least one Special Constable or Police Support Volunteer or Police Cadets Adult Volunteer.
  • The employer must actively ensure that their workforce is aware of their positive policies towards emergency services community issues.
  • The employer must be an exemplar within their market sector, advocating support to Emergency Service issues to partner organisations, suppliers and customers with tangible positive results
  • Within the context of the Emergency Services, the employer must have demonstrated support to voluntary service or have a framework in place. They must demonstrate support to training by providing at least 10 days additional unpaid/paid leave for persons undertaking unpaid roles such as Special Constables, St John’s Ambulance.
  • The employer must not have been the subject of any negative PR or media activity which could bring the emergency services into disrepute.
  • Display on their website, stationery and other promotional material, the Gold Award symbol.

THE EMERGENCY SERVICES PLEDGE

Principles of the Emergency Services Pledge

We will endeavour in our business dealings to uphold the key principles of the Emergency Services Pledge, which are:

  • no member of the Emergency Services Community should face disadvantage in the provision of public and commercial services compared to any other citizen
  • in some circumstances special treatment may be appropriate especially for the injured or bereaved.

Demonstrating our Commitment

We recognises the value of Emergency Services Personnel, Volunteers, Emergency Service Leavers and Emergency Service Families and how they contribute to our business and Communities. We will seek to uphold the principles of the Emergency Services Pledge by:

  • Promoting the fact that we are an Emergency Services-friendly organisation;
  • Display the ESCT Employer Recognition Scheme Award logos on our website, and where appropriate on our marketing material and office collateral.
  • Encourage all business clients to actively support the principles of the Emergency Services Pledge.
  • Seek to support the employment of Emergency Service Leavers and working with Emergency Services Career Transition, in order to establish a tailored employment pathway for Service Leavers;
  • Striving to support the employment of Emergency Service spouses and partners;
  • Endeavouring to offer a degree of flexibility in granting leave for Emergency Service spouses and partners.
  • Seeking to support our employees who choose to either volunteer or conduct retained roles for the Emergency Services, including by accommodating their training where possible;
  • Offering support to our local Emergency Services cadet units.
  • Actively participate in Emergency Services Day; www.999day.org.uk
  • Develop relationships with our local Emergency Services Community, to better identify and understand its needs and ascertain how we can provide services which its members value.

We will publicise these commitments through our literature and/or on our website, setting out how we will seek to honour them and inviting feedback from the Emergency Service Community and our customers on how we are doing.

THE BENEFITS

This scheme allows you to publicly show your support
for the UK’s Emergency Services and allows you to
attract talent, by making yourself an employer of choice
for Emergency Service leavers, cadets and families.
These awards also allow you to show your Corporate
Social Responsibility to services that everyone needs
and highlights your strong ethics.

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