Employees from companies that receive Silver and Gold status, have had the opportunity to attend the Sandhurst Leadership Challenge. The event is held at the nation’s prestigious Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in Surrey, where officers in the British Army are trained, to take on the responsibilities of leading the soldiers under their command.
The Employer Recognition Scheme encourages employers to support defence and inspire other organisations to do the same.
The scheme encompasses bronze, silver and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the armed forces covenant.
The leadership challenge is organised and run by the Army’s 11 Infantry Brigade (South East) and the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (SERFCA). The executives and employees who take part, are from a wide range of public sector organisations such as the emergency services, local authorities, NHS trusts and executive agencies are also eligible to be recognised.
Lieutenant Colonel Graeme Macpherson who is responsible for employer engagement at 11 Brigade said: “Todays been a fantastic day, all the candidates have really enjoyed themselves, there’s a real buzz amongst them now. They’ve not only had a great day but also have learnt a huge amount and we hope that they take away this not only an understanding of leadership as it is delivered in the army but also and understanding and awareness of the reserve forces and how that can be compatible with their civilian employment.”