College of West Anglia achieves prestigious award

College of West Anglia achieves prestigious award

Published by KLFM
12:55pm 5th September 2019.

The College of West Anglia have been recognised for their work supporting armed forces.

They've been awarded the Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award by the Ministry of Defence.

They are the first college in the five-year history of the ERS to receive gold. 

It's the highest accolade an employer can receive for actively supporting the Armed Forces Community in the workplace and also for encouraging other employers to follow their lead.


The award is so difficult to get that only 100 employers in 2019 have been recognised by Defence Minister, Ben Wallace. Only 11 of these are based in East Anglia. 

The College of West Anglia (CWA) have a longstanding relationship with the Armed Forces which was recently enhanced by the launch of the Air & Defence Career College Programme. Employing more than 20 Veterans and several Reservists and Cadet Force Adult Volunteers, the college have an internal military network and supportive HR policies in place. 

The college works with the Navy, Army and RAF Families Federations to understand areas of need. CWA's Employer Engagement team attend RAF Marham to hold monthly CWA Course Advice Clinics. This is resulted in CWA delivering bespoke courses at RAF Marham, such as Beginners Polish and GCSE Maths.

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CWA Principal, David Pomfret said: 

"It is a huge honour to become the first UK college in the five-year history of the ERS to receive the gold award. For many years we have maintained a close relationship with the Armed Forces community, which has been fostered due to the dedicated commitment of our staff, many of whom are ex-servicemen and women, reservists and our students, who often leave the college to become valued members of the Armed Forces. 

"We will continue to support, facilitate and help the Armed Forces in all that we do as an employer, and we very much value the numerous ways in which the Armed Forces contribute to the success of the college, too."


Representatives of the college will attend a formal awards ceremony to take place at the National Army Museum, London in November. 

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace said:

"These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one. 

"Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give."  

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