Press Release

14 November 2023

Mitie celebrates three golden years on the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme

  • Mitie celebrates its third year as a Gold Award recipient on the government’s Defence Employer Recognition Scheme, highlighting its longstanding commitment to the Armed Forces community
  • The Gold Award recognises Mitie’s continued support for the community through its different recruitment programmes, charity initiatives, and career support for ex-military colleagues
  • The ‘Mitie Military’ network provides a space for Military colleagues to connect, network, learn and receive additional support during their transition to civilian life

Mitie celebrates its third year as a Gold Award recipient on the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS), highlighting its consistent and longstanding commitment to supporting the Armed Forces.

Reserved for organisations that demonstrate the strongest commitment to supporting the Armed Forces, the award exemplifies Mitie’s active and continued support for over 2,000 colleagues from the defence and military community, including veterans, reservists, and family members of those in the forces.

Since first receiving the Gold Award three years ago, Mitie has continued to identify and address areas in which it can support ex-military personnel transition to civilian life and develop their careers within facilities management. This includes running recruitment programmes through a dedicated Armed Forces Career Portal that helps colleagues with military backgrounds to explore potential career opportunities and matches their skillsets with specific job roles. Alongside this, Mitie offers career guidance and support to new service leavers at careers fairs and networking events through the Government’s Career Transition Partnership. Mitie also provides work placement opportunities to those looking to gain hands-on work experience in business areas that they are interested in.

The ‘Mitie Military’ network is a space created to offer Forces colleagues a forum to meet and connect with like-minded individuals, share experiences, access resources, and receive additional support. It also provides colleagues across the business with the tools to better support and accommodate ex-military colleagues.

Mitie’s community of reservists play a crucial role in supporting the wider Armed Forces and can be called up for service at any point. In recognition of this key responsibility, reservists are granted ten days of paid leave every year in addition to their annual holiday entitlement to support them in fulfilling their service commitments.

As a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, Mitie’s support for military charities is a key aspect of its status as a Gold Award ERS scheme recipient. This year, Mitie has collectively raised over £10,000 for a number of different charities including Help for Heroes, where a team of colleagues raised money by cycling 330 miles (531km) across France. Colleagues also supported the Walking with the Wounded and Armed Forces Benevolent Fund charities by completing charity walks that totalled 178 miles (286km), the distance between London and Liverpool.

Charles Antelme, Managing Director, Defence, Mitie, said:

“We're delighted to be celebrating three years of holding the Gold Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme. This significant milestone is testament to our continued commitment to supporting Mitie’s veterans, reservists, and forces families.

“As we gather during this period of Remembrance, our attention turns to all members of the Armed Forces community and we are both proud of and grateful for the great work that people from across Mitie undertake daily to support them.”

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About Mitie

Founded in 1987, Mitie's job is to look after places where Britain works, and it is the leading facilities management company in the UK. We offer a range of services to the public sector through our Central Government & Defence and Communities (Healthcare, Education, Campus & Critical and Care & Custody) divisions. Our Technical Services (Engineering Services, Energy, Water and Real Estate Services) and Business Services (Security, Cleaning, Landscapes, Spain and Waste) divisions serve private sector customers in areas such as Financial & Professional Services, Industrials, Retail and Transport, and increasingly the public sector. 

Mitie employs 64,000 people. We take care of our customers' people and buildings, through the 'Science of Service', and we are transforming facilities to be more flexible, safe, sustainable, and attractive to all. Mitie continues to execute its technology-led strategy and in the past twelve months has received multiple awards and validation for its ambitious near and long-term science-based emissions reduction targets from the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Find out more at