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Armed Forces Partnership
Our partnership with Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (Highland RFCA) provides a vital link between local and national employers and the Armed Forces Community.
It endeavours to do this by encouraging employers and employer organisations to sign the Armed Forces Covenant, and by working closely with employers to help them get the most from their links with the Armed Forces Community.
It also aims to build on that commitment by helping employers climb the ladder of support through the Goverrnment’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.
To find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/armed-forces-covenant.
For full details on the ERS scheme, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/defence-employer-recognition-scheme/defence-employer-recognition-scheme.
Highland RFCA works closely with other agencies including the Career Transition Partnership and the Veterans’ Gateway, to highlight the positive attributes that service leavers and reservists can bring to the workforce.
To find out more about what Highland RFCA can do for you, contact Dunbartonshire Chamber in the first instance or the regional employer engagement director Michelle McKearnon on 01382 631026.
General information on who Highland RFCA is and what it does.
Who are we? Highland Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association (Highland RFCA) supports members of the Reserve Forces and the Service Cadet organisations throughout the Highlands and Islands.
With a large number of volunteer members across the North of Scotland and a small permanent staff based in Dundee and with offices in Aberdeen, Dumbarton and Inverness, our job is to help promote and maintain Britain’s increasingly-important Reserve Forces as well as the Service Cadets, youth organisations that help young people to fulfil their potential in a safe, professional and fun environment.
What do we do? Together with Lowland RFCA and the eleven other RFCAs covering the whole of the UK, we:
- Build and maintain the Reserve Centres, Service Cadet buildings and the other facilities needed for accommodation and training.
- Provide financial grants for Reservists and Cadets to compete in sporting competitions, take part in adventurous training and enjoy social and welfare activities.
- Help the Maritime Reserve, Army Reserve and Royal Auxiliary Air Force to achieve their recruiting targets.
- And, by engaging with groups and individuals through our marketing, PR and communications, raise awareness of – and support for – the UK’s Armed Forces and Service Cadets in Scotland.
What can we do for you? If you are thinking about joining the Reserve Forces or volunteering as a Cadet Force Adult Volunteer, Highland RFCA can advise you on local units, signpost you to information on age, fitness and qualification requirements, and arrange visits to units. For young people thinking about joining the Sea Cadet Corps, Army Cadet Force or Air Training Corps, we can help with finding the right one for you, provide details of local Cadet detachments and put you in touch with the right people to help you decide.
How to get in touch with us: Visit our website (www.hrfca.co.uk) where you will find contact details and links to Reserve and Cadet units, as well as news about our activities and online versions of our quarterly magazine High-Light. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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