BRADFORD College is being honoured by the Ministry of Defence for its support of the Armed Forces.

The college has been chosen to receive a silver award in the Employer Recognition Scheme which acknowledges businesses that help staff combine their day job with serving as a reserve in the Army, Navy and RAF.

The college, which employs more than 1,000 people, has been praised for its flexible working practices and positive support for reservists such as Nick Scaife who serves as a police officer in the RAF as well as being Assistant Manager and Head of Student Placements at college-owned Beacon Recruitment and Placement Services.

Mr Scaife, and the College’s Chief Executive Officer, Andy Welsh, were presented with the award at a ceremony at Cutlers’ Hall in Sheffield on Thursday.

Mr Welsh said: “Bradford College is thrilled that its support for the armed forces has been publicly recognised.

“The college respects the vital role the armed forces play in society and is proud to employ reservists and ex-regular members of the forces whose transferable skills make them huge assets to the staff.”

Mr Scaife said: “The college has always been supportive of my reservist work and allows me to take the time I need to do my continuous training throughout the year. The roles are complementary so I feel grateful to the college for allowing me to pursue both careers.”

The silver award comes 12 months after the college signed the Armed Services Covenant, pledging to do all it can to support Armed Forces personnel and their families.