SUPPORT for the Reserves Forces from the county council has been recognised with an award.
Hampshire County Council received a nod from the Ministry of Defence for the support it gives to staff who are reservists in their spare time.
Councillor Roger Huxstep went on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth to receive the employers’ award from the Lord Lieutenant Dame Mary Fagan and Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, Assistant Chief of the Naval Staff (Personnel) and the Naval Secretary.
Councillor Keith Mans, who is the county council’s armed forces champion, said: ‘There are real benefits for employers and that’s why we’re pleased to support the national recruitment efforts to boost the reserves forces.
‘For staff undertaking these part-time paid roles, it can help them gain new skills, embark on new experiences and develop new strengths such as leadership and teamwork that can help them.’
The award was organised by South East Reserves Forces’ and Cadets’ Association and an MoD Campaign.
The council is working with HMS King Alfred in Portsmouth to boost its numbers by 50 per cent.