Tuesday 29 November 2016
ITI Network Services has been recognised as one of the country’s leading employers for our support of the Reserve Forces.
We have been applauded for our flexible working practices and positive support for reservists, who in addition to being employees also train in the Navy, Army or RAF Reserves.
ITI’s commercial director, Dave Newton, was presented with the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award by the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, and Brigadier Gerald M Strickland DSO MBE, Commander of 4th Infantry Brigade based at Catterick, in a ceremony at Ousefield House Officers’ Mess in York last week.
The ceremony is run by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (RFCA) in Yorkshire and The Humber.
Dave Newton said, "I’ve been at ITI since 2007 but my 22 years’ experience in the telecommunications and IT industry started thank to my 5 years in the British Army. That was where my love for communications technology began. I could see the enormous contribution that reservists make to the Forces, and ITI has always recognized this, supporting those members of our workforce who train in the Navy, Army or RAF Reserves. And it’s not a one-way relationship: employees who train as Reservists develop many skills and attributes which are hughly valuable to ITI. We are delighted to receive the Silver Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) award.”
Brigadier Strickland commented: “It is a great pleasure to be recognising private and public sector organisations which give such tremendous levels of support to the Reserve Forces, and especially their understanding of how much of an asset a reservist is to their organisations through the skills that reservists bring.”
Colonel Jason Wright, Chief Executive of the RFCA in Yorkshire and The Humber, added: “The RFCA, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence, is very pleased to be recognising the level of support and commitment these organisations are providing to our Armed Forces. Their understating of the value that reservists, ex-regulars and cadet adult volunteers bring to the work place and support of the role they play outside of their employment is a great example to other employers. It is the skills and high standards of the British military which provide these employees with skills for life – motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork, leadership – all of which will make a positive contribution to any employer’s bottom line.
“Combined with professional qualifications – first aid, health and safety, driving and technical qualifications, all of which are now accredited by professional bodies – the benefits are reinforced further. I am delighted that these three organisations have been recognised appropriately for their support.”
The launch of the Employer Recognition Scheme was a commitment made in the July 2013 White Paper entitled ‘Reserves in the Future Force 2020: Valuable and Valued’, and takes into account the views of a wide range of companies and industry bodies who championed the value in publicly recognising employers supportive to Reservists.
Reservists in the Yorkshire and Humber areas serve in the Royal Naval Reserve, the Royal Marines, the Army Reserve and the Royal Auxiliary Air Force and can be mobilised wherever needed to work alongside Britain’s regular Armed Forces. Reservists are an integral part of the UK Armed Forces and are trained to a high standard.
Photo from the Employer Recognition Scheme ceremony. Left to right: the Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire Andrew Coombe; Dave Newton Commercial Director of ITI Network Services; and Brigadier Gerald Strickland.