Oxley Awarded Silver Recognition for Forces Friendly Approach

12th June 2024

Oxley is delighted to have received a Silver Award through the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in acknowledgment of the work the team do to support forces personnel.

The Silver Award recognises employers who support the armed forces, including existing or prospective employees who have served. The commitments Oxley has made are in recruitment and selection procedures and through the introduction of positive policies covering defence people issues such as cadet adult volunteers and reservist policies.

Oxley also commits to promoting the benefits of being an armed forces-friendly organisation through knowledge transfer and advocacy within the business community. As an SME operating in the defence industry, Oxley is a proud signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and maintains close links with the community and with charitable organisations supporting veterans.

Commenting on the 2024 Employer Recognition Scheme Silver awards; Colonel Mark Underhill OBE DL, Chief Executive at the North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (NW RFCA), said, ‘On behalf of the Ministry of Defence we are honoured and delighted to be able to recognise the outstanding support and commitment given to the Armed Forces Covenant by businesses and organisations in the region, through the Employer Recognition Scheme awards. Each recipient has demonstrated not only that their support to the Covenant and the wider Armed Forces community, but also that they are prepared to support their Reservists, Service Leavers, Spouses, Veterans, Cadet Force Adult Volunteers and Cadets in the workplace.’

Oxley Group CEO, Darren Cavan commented, ‘We are delighted to receive this formal recognition of our commitment to being a forces friendly employer. As a manufacturer working in the defence industry we are in regular contact with those serving and we very much value the commitment and the skills they have to offer. We have introduced new policies to support defence people and their families, both working within the business and prospective future candidates. We look forward to continuing our ERS journey, setting ourselves the challenge of progressing to Gold recognition.’

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly, to find out more about the Covenant and the Employer Recognition Scheme journey, please visit About - Armed Forces Covenant