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5th December 2022

Cerco IT Receives Gold Award Armed Forces Covenant

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We are delighted to announce that the Ministry of Defence has awarded Cerco IT with the Armed Forces Covenant Gold Award.

On the 3rd of November, the team headed to Manchester Airport’s Concorde Viewing Park to pick up our Gold Award that we have received to recognise our commitment to supporting the Armed Forces community through our recruitment and training processes. 

We are unbelievably proud to have received the Defence Relationship Management (DRM), Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award. The team here at Cerco IT have displayed an incredible commitment to supporting veterans and their families. This award allows us to go on and continue to provide opportunities to those who have served. 

What is the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Armed Forces Covenant is a scheme that recognises UK employers that demonstrate a commitment to the Ministry of Defence by supporting the Armed Forces community. To achieve the gold award a company must have recruitment policies and practices in place that actively encourage and supports the entire Armed Forces community from military leavers to reservists, and their family members. The company must make appropriate arrangements and offer support for Armed Forces commitments and create a positive environment for the individual to return to. Here at Cerco IT, we are dedicated to offering and exceeding this level of recruitment to the armed forces community.

In addition to recruitment, Cerco IT has also been recognised for our commitment to offering forces-friendly training opportunities. The Cradle to Cyber training program is specifically designed to take armed forces leavers into an IT or Cyber Security career. This year, we announced our partnership with Fortinet, a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions. Our strategic partnership allows us to deliver Fortinet’s Network Security Expert (NSE) training through the Education Outreach Program. By offering this program to the armed forces community we develop highly skilled IT professionals who can go on to gain successful careers in an in-demand industry where there is currently a shortfall of talent.

Andy Tansey, Director, Armed Forces Liaison, comments “Attending the awards ceremony was an extremely proud and prestigious moment for us at Cerco IT. We’re delighted to be recognised by the Ministry of Defence for our commitment and we can’t wait to see where the future takes us as we continue to work closely with the Armed Forces community.”