In a month that’s celebrated apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the wider economy, we want to highlight the work that the Mitie Foundation does to help get people back into work.
Throughout the year, the Mitie Foundation runs employability programmes for hard-to-reach, unemployed candidates across the UK. The flagship programme, Ready2Work, is an eight-week work placement programme that runs with 10 to 15 people in various regions across the country. After completing a pre-placement week, the candidates are placed with a Mitie business for a seven-week programme. Although designed to provide valuable work experience, the hugely successful Ready2Work programme currently results in three out of four people returning to the world of work as a result of the programme.
The current London programme has been supported by Mitie’s client services business, providing a placement within their events team at one of their financial services contracts. Our Ready2Work candidate, Ada, says of her time on placement so far:
I was really looking forward to starting the R2W programme, as I wanted to gain a better insight into the area of events management and I have been fortunate to do this with a great team at Mitie Client Services. Everyone I have encountered has been approachable and happy to share their knowledge, experience and valuable time, for which I am very grateful. Every day has been different and I have been given the opportunity to not only observe how to stage an event but to contribute and get involved.
As well as the eight-week Ready2Work programmes, the Mitie Foundation also delivers a work experience programme to capture more ad hoc opportunities. This could be a placement for one or more candidates across the UK for two to eight weeks. The Foundation team advertises the opportunities with various partners, including Job Centre Plus, and screens the candidates before we refer them to their placement manager for a face-to-face interview.
We currently have two candidates working with Mitie’s client services business, who were referred from Working Chance as part of a programme they run for young people who didn’t gain their GCSEs in Maths, English and ICT at school. Victoria, who is currently gaining work experience with the Client Services team two days a week at Cottons Centre, remarked of her experience so far:
So far, I have learnt so much from Mitie, including multi- tasking, improving my communication skills, and developing my IT skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and learning new databases. The list can go on and on. I have been provided with a range of different tasks every day and have attended the Revolution Academy training course. I couldn’t have asked for a better team to work with – they are all so supportive and really, really lovely people.
If you want to hear more about the Mitie Foundation and the work they do to provide valuable work experience placements please get in touch.