BURTON Albion Community Trust (BACT) has been recognised for its statement of intent to support defence personnel by the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), after receiving a bronze award in the Armed Forces Covenant.

The employer recognition scheme, identifies commitment and support from UK employers for defence personnel. The scheme comprises bronze, silver and gold awards for employers who support those that currently serve, veterans and their families.

BACT have pledged to:

  • Promote that it is an Armed Forces friendly organisation
  • Support the employment of veterans and service leavers
  • Offer flexibility in leave for service spouses and partner before, during and after deployment
  • Support reservist employees, allowing leave for training and deployment
  • Offer specific discounts to members of the armed forces community

As part of receiving the award, BACT were honoured with a visit from HMS VICTORIOUS, based up in Clyde in Scotland, who have been affiliated to Burton upon Trent for many years and have built as strong bond with schools and organisations around the town.

After recently enduring a long and arduous operation cycle, providing Continuous At Sea Deterrent (CASD), eleven crew members toured around the local community. During their visit, alongside visiting Pirelli Stadium, the also visited Marston’s Brewery, a local sea cadets drill evening, Burton Town Hall and Fountains Primary School.

Commander Royal Navy, M J Hopton, said:

“I would like to thank you (BACT) for hosting my team during HMS VICTORIOUS’ affiliate town visit.

“I have been informed about the great work that BACT do around the town and the support you give to many schools.”

Lee Milligan, Events & Partnerships Officer, who met the team during their visit to Pirelli Stadium, said:

“We were honoured to have the crew here for a couple of hours.

“It was very interesting to hear about the work that they do to keep our country safe, on the back of us receiving the award. They were very appreciative of the work that we do in the community and will continue to build on this relationship on their next visit to the town.”

To find out more information on the award, click here.