20.12.21

Fortis Vision was delighted to be awarded the Silver Award for the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme.

“Fortis Vision is a proud supporter of the Armed Forces, veterans and the wider veteran family network and will always strive to find roles for veterans.”

– Fortis Vision’s managing director David Borthwick, who has been in the Airborne Forces Reserve for more than 30 years.

“Fortis Vision was previously a proud recipient of the Bronze Award; however, the receipt of the Silver Award is massive, recognising our ongoing commitment to supporting veterans and their families by helping them to find roles within Fortis Vision. We will now be working towards our goal of receiving the Gold Award.

“Fortis Vision values the loyalty, flexibility and work ethos that ex Armed Forces employees bring, helping us to continue to deliver outstanding levels of service. We encourage all our employees to support and join the reserve forces. This country owes a great deal to all our Servicemen, Servicewomen and Veterans.”

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise that ensures that those who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. Support can be offered in several areas, including helping veterans start a new career, by offering financial assistance or discounted services. Any business, charity, or public sector can sign the covenant and show their ongoing support to the Armed Forces community.

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, which is designed to primarily recognise private sector support, recognises those that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support for the Armed Forces community with Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards. 

This year, 39 organisations, including Fortis Vision, received the Silver Award, at a glittering awards event held earlier this month at Maddingley Hall, Cambridgeshire.

The awards recognise the support shown by the recipients to the Armed Forces community and their commitment to go above and beyond to proactively ensure members of the Armed Forces are not unfairly disadvantaged as part of their selection and recruitment processes. 

To achieve a Silver Award, Fortis Vision had to meet several stringent criteria, including employing at least one former member of the Armed Forces community, support the employment of cadet instructors, and actively communicate Fortis Vision’s positive stance to former Armed Forces employees through established HR procedures and policies.

Fortis Vision’s health and safety partner, Derek Binks, served as a former Lieutenant Colonel in the Gurkhas. Fortis Vision’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant helped Binks transition to a new career, providing mentoring where required and funding several courses in construction, environment and fire management.

” My journey was made that much easier and stress-free by the willingness of Fortis Vision to embrace the qualities and benefits of employing an ex-military person.”

Fortis Vision is extremely proud to be awarded the Armed Forces Covenant Gold standard.

The Gold Award is the highest accolade, recognising Fortis Vision’s deep commitment to supporting the Armed Forces.