Mitie boosts Armed Forces support with additional paid leave for reservists

Mitie has built on its commitment to support the Armed Forces by launching a new policy for its community of reservists. To assist with their military responsibilities, all members of the Armed Forces Reserves employed by Mitie will now receive ten days of paid leave every year, building on the previous policy of five days unpaid leave.

Reservists play a crucial role in supporting the wider Armed Forces and can be called upon for active service at any time. The two week’s paid leave will support all Mitie’s reservists in fulfilling their service commitments, such as attending annual training camps, without impacting their pay or holiday entitlement.

This new policy is part of Mitie’s ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces, with the business having been awarded Silver on the Government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme last August.

This new policy follows several new initiatives launched by Mitie to support its large community of Armed Forces veterans, reservists and military family members. This includes establishing an employee network, designated ‘The Mitie Military’, to offer these colleagues a forum to share experiences and drive positive changes within the business.

Mitie has also created a dedicated careers portal for those with a military background to highlight potential career opportunities within the facilities management industry.

The additional support for reservists was announced to ‘The Mitie Military’ network at Mitie’s re-signing of the Armed Forces Covenant, an event attended by Air Marshal Richard Knighton CB, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Finance and Military Capability) and Phil Bentley, Mitie’s CEO. This reaffirms Mitie’s pledge to support veterans, reservists and serving personnel and aid their transition to civilian life.

Charles Antelme DSO, head of defence at Mitie, said: “The Armed Forces community provides vital skills and knowledge to Mitie and the facilities management industry as a whole, so it’s only right that we support them in return. By increasing our commitment to two week’s paid leave, we’re proud to be playing our part in making it as easy as possible for reservists to serve our country.”

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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