Armed Forces Covenant Silver Award 2021

Matthew Crooks Matthew Crooks Tuesday, 7 Dec 2021

2021 has been an interesting year, with the gradual lifting of restrictions in some areas and the staggered return to the workplace for some.


The Armed Forces Covenant Group (AFCG) and its Champions have been busy in the background laying the foundations for moving forward.


CIS Security is delighted to be awarded the Armed Forces Employer Recognition Silver Award. We were the only security company in London to receive this award this year and achieving this award involved a lot of work in meeting the required standards.


What does the Silver Award mean to CIS and our Ex-Forces and Reservists?

It means; recruitment, training, promotion, an Armed Forces Network that has been set up with our Forces Champions and extra leave for our Reservists and their families during and after deployment.


CIS has 3 Forces Champions, providing national coverage support to our colleagues. Company Trainer, Lee Leyland covers London and the South East, National Security Account Manager, Darren Roberts covers the North and Regional Account Manager, Barry Thompson covers the Midlands and South West. The group also includes HR Director, Tracy Plant and Darcie Alabaster for administration support. 


CIS has established an Armed Forces Network, supporting employees who are Reservists, Veterans and their spouses/partners. We have a dedicated email address for all our Ex-forces, Reservist and families so that they can be in direct contact with any or all of our 3 champions at any time - All ex-forces or reservists are invited to our AFC forums, the next one will be held in January 2022. Communication will be sent out regarding the date and venue, all ex-forces are invited to attend to share stories and network with close colleagues.

On November 11th, Managing Director, Neill Catton and Company Trainer, Lee Leyland laid a wreath at Lewisham for Remembrance Day, with further members of the Covenant participating at other ceremonies on Remembrance Sunday.

CIS is also working closely with the Career Transition Partnership, as well as a group called the Forces Transition Group in areas of recruiting service leavers. We have a dedicated team within HR who work very closely with these groups. In October 2021, Regional Account Manager, Barry Thompson, along with Security Building Operations Manager, Scott Higgins from London Bridge City attended a recruitment day in Bristol, we were the only security company there. Barry & Scott met several military personnel who are leaving the forces within the next 12 months, we hope that their next chapter will be with CIS. All attendees come from different military backgrounds, with varying lengths of service and various ranks within the forces. We pointed out the transferable skills they already have and they were unaware these were traits we seek in future employees. These include Leadership, Teamwork, Flexibility, Communication and Problem-solving. Many were unaware as to how many varying career paths they could take, many showing an interest and taking handouts of how to apply to CIS and also how to get an SIA licence.


HR Director, Tracy Plant and Company Trainer, Lee Leyland have written and created new company policies to better accommodate Veterans, Reservists and the families of those working for CIS. These will help in areas of mentoring, training and supporting Reservist employees during times of mobilisation and demobilisation. Our policy can be found on the employee portal and The Hub, please read and support our AFC promise.