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Mitie research identifies FM as career match for ex-military personnel

Published 10th August, 2021 by Neil Nixon

Mitie research identifies FM as career match for ex-military personnel

According to new research from Mitie, over two thirds (70%) of people who have served in the military and moved into FM reported that roles were a good match for the skills they developed in the forces, while more than three quarters (77%) said they would recommend the sector to other armed forces leavers.

A new report, ‘Mobilising veterans in the facilities management industry’, shows both veterans and managers in the FM industry agree that the sector is a natural match for former servicemen and women. With over 20,000 veterans leaving the armed forces every year to join the civilian workplace, the report looks at how the FM industry can better support our armed forces leavers.

Mitie will use the findings of this report to guide its own initiatives to help ex-service men and women transition to civilian life and build their career in FM. This will support Mitie’s commitment that at least 2.3% of its employees will have a military background by 2025, 0.5% above the average for the UK population.

Charles Antelme DSO, managing director, commercial and government, Mitie, said: “We’re delighted to see this report confirm that the facilities management sector is a natural choice for many armed forces leavers, offering ex-servicemen and women the chance to use the skills they’ve developed throughout their military career, as well as providing long-term career opportunities. With their professionalism, reliability and ability to perform under pressure, colleagues with a military background are a great fit for FM. However, with many veterans leaving the forces unsure which roles best match their skills, there is a huge opportunity for our industry. By offering the right support and guidance, we can help more former servicemen and women kick-start their careers in facilities management.”

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