Ministry of Defence silver award to go to Grantham College

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Grantham College is among a group of organisations to receive a special award from the Ministry of Defence.

Along with businesses from Grantham, Lincoln and Gainsborough, the college will receive a Ministry of Defence employer recognition scheme silver award for demonstrating its support to Reservist employees.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony in Lincoln on Wednesday by Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant for Lincolnshire Tony Worth.

Linda Houtby, principal at Grantham College, has been invited to the awards event. She said: “The college currently employs two Army Reservists and we have been delighted with the variety of transferable skills they bring back into the civilian workplace.

“Skills such as leadership, problem-solving, decision making, communication and team building enhanced through Armed Forces training programmes, we believe are an excellent asset to our organisation. We are delighted to be receiving a silver award from the MOD.”

Reservists are men and women who give up their free time to train alongside regular, full-time military forces and may be called on to serve the country in times of need at home or aboard.

John Wilson, regional SaBRE (Supporting Britain’s Reservists and Employers) campaign director for the East Midlands, said: “Each of the employers being awarded has shown a commitment to support Reservist employees. They understand that the military training undertaken by Reservists provides them with qualities that employer’s value and respect including professionalism, adaptability, physical courage, management skills and problem-solving ability.

“I am delighted that seven employers from Lincolnshire are being recognised by the MoD. The MOD received over 500 nominations for Silver awards across the UK and 85 are being presented to employers based in the East Midlands.”