Many years ago the rules were a little different but assuming you left this company relatively recently and you were a member of the pension scheme for three years then you will have built up a pension benefit under the scheme.
Pension rules mean that – generally speaking – once you have been a member of a pension scheme for more than two years, you will be entitled to a benefit from it.
If you were employed by the company for three years but a member of the pension scheme for a period of less than two years – for example, if they had a waiting period to join the scheme – the position may be different and you may not be entitled to any benefits.
I would ask the scheme for details, and confirmation of your position.
Andrew Tully is pensions technical director at MGM Advantage