NATS recognised for outstanding support to the armed forces community
NATS, the UK’s leading provider of air traffic control services, has been awarded the Ministry of Defence’s (MoD) Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award for its strong and continued commitment to supporting the armed forces community.
Representing the highest badge of honour, the Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award is awarded to organisations that employ and support those who serve, veterans and their families. NATS is one of 16 newly announced Gold Award winners for the South East region.
As a Gold Award winner, NATS has demonstrated that it actively promotes the benefits of supporting its armed forces community and encourages others to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and engage in the Employer Recognition Scheme.
NATS has put in place supportive policies for veterans, reservists, cadet force adult volunteers and the partners of those serving. In June last year, the business also increased the amount of additional paid leave for reservists and cadet volunteers from six to 10 days.
Martin Rolfe, NATS Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that we have received the Gold Award. NATS has a proud history of working operationally alongside our military colleagues in the UK and around the world and we are privileged to be able to offer fulfilling careers to those who have served and those that continue to do so.”
Gus Wells, NATS Head of MOD Business Development and a former RAF officer, added: “We are lucky to work alongside military colleagues and see first-hand their professionalism in support of the country as well as their vital contribution to NATS. Achieving Gold recognises our commitment both to current members of the armed forces community, and those who may join NATS in the future.”
NATS has been a member of the Armed Forces Covenant since March 2017 and was awarded the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award in August of the same year.