Edinburgh Trams joined eighteen employers from across the Lowlands of Scotland to receive a prestigious award from the Ministry of Defence for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces Community.

The recipients were presented with their Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Silver Award by Commander 51 Infantry Brigade and Headquarters Scotland, Brigadier Jody Davies MBE at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Thursday 5 October 2023.

Accompanied with outstanding musical performances by Reservists from the 6 & 7 SCOTS Band, the guests were lauded for their dedication in supporting their employees who have served or continue to serve in the Armed Forces.

The ERS Silver Award is a prestigious accolade and is the second highest badge of honour available to organisations that employ and support Reservists, service leavers, Veterans and their families.

Each Silver Award winner has begun their ERS journey by signing the Armed Forces Covenant, a commitment to supporting Defence through services, policy and projects.

Employers have gone above and beyond with their support through engaging with initiatives such as employing veterans, supporting individuals transitioning out of the Armed Forces into a new career and providing flexibility for Reservists with regard to training and mobilisation.

Sue Bucher, Edinburgh Trams Head of HR said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to receive such an accolade that recognises our dedication to the employment and support of former Armed Forces personnel and reservists.”

Colonel Ted Shields MBE DL, Chief Executive of Lowland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association, said:

‘This year’s Silver Awards recognise the tremendous support that these Lowland businesses and organisations give to the Armed Forces each and every day. All of us in Defence thank you – we couldn’t do what we do without you. Well done all!’