David Stubbs, CEO of SSGC

Specialist security provider SSGC Ltd has been awarded a prestigious Silver Award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) for its commitment to the Armed Forces.

The Swindon-based company, which signed the Armed Forces Covenant (AFC) in April 2020, was only presented with the Bronze award in May this year and has quickly been recognised with a Silver for its rich and continued empowerment of veterans up and down the country.

The ERS acknowledges employers who have provided exceptional support to the armed forces community and defence by going above and beyond their covenant pledges.

This recognition further rubberstamps SSGC’s commitment to the Armed Forces by way of its recruitment strategies and positive policy implementation.

David Stubbs, CEO of SSGC and a military veteran himself, said: “We are incredibly proud to announce we have been awarded Silver in this scheme.

“It is an amazing recognition for the hard work that everyone at SSGC puts in to support and improve the lives of the military community and their families.

“It has been a very strange and challenging year for many of us and I strongly believe that organisations need to go above and beyond in supporting defence personnel and their families.

“The leadership here at SSGC comprises several veterans, including myself, so we fully recognise the invaluable skills they can bring to any organisation.

“We are so proud of the success we have had in embedding this level of skill into our business and in helping several of them get back to normality after life in the Armed Forces.”

Former military policeman Keith Horemans is a prime example of an Armed Forces veteran who has been supported and empowered by SSGC since returning home. Keith was recruited by SSGC in January and is now leading on several initiatives aimed towards improving the lives and wellbeing of veterans.

In 2020, SSGC was deployed to monitor and marshal the Government’s Covid-19 testing sites on behalf of Serco and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

The business rapidly recruited more than 500 fully-vetted forces veterans, providing them with long-term employment at 156 testing centres and 109 mobile testing units.

Double-amputee James Rose is one such example; James was recruited by SSGC to man a Covid-19 test centre and has quickly gone on to become an Area Recruitment Manager in the business. Today, SSGC is also supporting James as he attempts to climb Morocco’s highest peak, Mount Toubkal, in September.

As well as its commitment to its own staff, SSGC also supports Mission Motorsport as its chosen charity partner, so far donating more than £50,000 to the organisation which works with wounded, injured or sick (WIS) service leavers and veterans.