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Supporting Armed Forces Reservists

04.02.2020, 10:08

Supporting Armed Forces Reservists

Mitie has introducing ten days paid leave annually to support its community of Reservists in fulfilling their service commitments.

The new policy which follows several initiatives launched by the facility services outsourcer to support its large community of armed forces veterans, Reservists and military family members, replaces a previous policy of five days unpaid leave. Other measures include establishing an employee network, The Mitie Military, to offer reservists a forum to share experiences and drive positive changes within the business, with Mitie also launching a dedicated careers portal for applicants with a military background.

Reservists play a crucial role in supporting the wider armed forces and can be called up 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, having been awarded Silver on the government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme last August.

The additional support for Reservists was announced to the Mitie Military network last week at Mitie’s resigning of the Armed Forces Covenant which was attended by Air Marshal Richard Knighton CB, Deputy Chief of the Defence Staff (Finance and Military Capability) and Phil Bentley, Mitie 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, says:

“The armed forces community provides vital skills and knowledge to Mitie and the facilities management industry as a whole and so it is 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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