Military honour for Bradford College

Nick Scaife, RAF Reservist and Bradford College employee and Andy Welsh, CEO of the college

Bradford College is being honoured by the Ministry of Defence for its support of the Armed Forces.

The college has been chosen to receive a silver award in the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) which acknowledges businesses that help staff combine their day job with serving as a reserve in the Army, Navy and RAF.

The college, which employs more than 1,000 people, has been praised for its flexible working practices and positive support for reservists such as Nick Scaife who serves as a police officer in the RAF as well as holding the post of Assistant Manager and Head of Student Placements at the college-owned Beacon Recruitment and Placement Services.

Nick, and the College’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Welsh, will be presented with the award at a ceremony at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on Thursday October 5.

Andy Welsh said: “Bradford College is thrilled that its support for the armed forces has been publicly recognised.

“The college respects the vital role the armed forces play in society and is proud to employ reservists and ex-regular members of the forces whose transferable skills make them huge assets to the staff.”

Nick said: “It is great that the college has always been supportive of my reservist work and allows me to take the time I need to do my continuous training throughout the year. I have been to Germany and Poland training already this year.

“The skills I develop being a reservist, such as leaderships and diplomacy, help me in my job at the college, working with students. The two roles are complementary so I feel grateful to the college for allowing me to pursue both careers.”

The silver award comes 12 months after the college signed the Armed Services Covenant, pledging to do all it can to support Armed Forces personnel and their families.

In signing up, the college vowed to be Armed Forces-friendly by helping veterans, young and old, gain education, training and employment to actively participating in Armed Forces Day.

Colonel Mike Butterwick, Deputy Commander of the Yorkshire-based 4th Infantry Brigade attended the College for the ceremonial signing.


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