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IRM Awarded Silver Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS)

The Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) encourages employers to support Defence and inspire others to do the same. The scheme encompasses bronze, silver, and gold awards for employer organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and the armed forces community, and align their values with the Armed Forces Covenant. The award has been bestowed on the IRM by the Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Greater London (GLRFCA).


Chris Blockley-Webb, Chair, IRM Armed Forces Community Group says:

“Armed Forces personnel and their civilian counterparts are making risk management decisions every day. It is vitally important that the armed forces and businesses are mutually engaged and the IRM will be at the forefront of this. The IRM are proud to be recognised today with this award, building on the previous recognition of our achievements.

Our achievement of this award re-affirms the pledge by the IRM to increase the risk management profession’s visibility to military personnel, civilian counterparts, and veterans alike. We provide accessible and relevant training and qualifications that will help military personnel make the transition into the business world.

Many of the skills learnt by service personnel naturally crossover into the world of risk management and we are keen to ensure these skills are recognised, and that we can help support their lifelong learning, career transition and progression where possible”.

Colonel (Retired) Peter Germain, Chief Executive, Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association for Greater London says:

“The Institute of Risk Management signed the Armed Forces Covenant in the Summer of 2019, and so today I am delighted to congratulate them on taking the next step of partnering with Defence, and in doing so, receiving the Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award.

The Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award recognises employers who state their intent to be a Forces Friendly employer. The team and I look forward to developing a mutually beneficial relationship and hope to see the Institute of Risk Management strive for gold in future rotations of the Scheme.”

The IRM recently formed the Armed Forces Community Group specifically, to serve the military community. Group members include current and ex-serving members of the tri-services and the wider armed forces community.

The main purposes of the group will be to:

  •  Provide a community of like-minded individuals with a common interest in the risk management profession to better Serve the Armed Forces Community.
  • Support members of the Armed Forces Community in their professional development.
  • Attract members of the Armed Forces Community to the training, services, and membership benefits of the IRM.

 One way the IRM wishes to support the Armed Forces Community is through education and training.

 The Certificate in Operational Risk Management is approved as being eligible for Enhanced Learning Credits Administration Service (ELCAS) funding for veterans (through the Institute of Operational Risk, part of the IRM group).

Our other qualifications include:

-International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management

-International Certificate in Financial Services

-Digital Risk Management Certificate-Supply Chain Risk Management Certificate; and the -International Diploma in Risk Management.

The qualifications are delivered by online supported distance learning and are relevant to all sectors globally. IRM qualifications are considered as the benchmark by employers for anyone wanting to pursue a career in risk management.

Members of the Armed Forces and veterans are eligible for a 10% discount on IRM’s suite of industry recognised training courses including the flagship Fundamentals of Risk Management Course

The IRM supports Captain Victoria Robinson, its Head of Marketing and Communications, who is also the County Public Relations Officer for Kent Army Cadet Force, with leave for annual camp and other cadet related activities.

She said:

"Getting this award shows the IRM's commitment to our veteran communities and employees. People who have served in the armed forces bring a wealth of skills including teamwork, planning, time management, communication, specialist knowledge, and problem solving - which naturally transfer into a career in risk management.

We are committed to continue improving our support through professional education and training for the defence community to have successful careers in risk.

Risk management has never been more important to building a resilient business and provides exciting job opportunities across many sectors. We are proud to be forces friendly".



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