Getting back into work – experiencing the Ready2Work programme

Successful Ready2Work candidates 2014

Successful Ready2Work candidates 2014

The daily alarm call, the commute into work and getting through the work day may sometimes feel like a chore but we really should be thankful for this routine.  Far too many people face barriers to employment and returning to work and just getting their foot in the door can make such a difference.

The Mitie Foundation works with charities and social enterprises to offer its ‘Ready2Work’ eight week long operational programme to candidates providing both training and on the job experience to develop key transferable employability skills. This week’s blog is written by Trevene Downie a Ready2Work candidate who’s been experiencing the world of front of house for the first time.

“The Ready2Work programme was set-up by the Mitie Foundation in order to help people who are facing barriers to employment get back into work. I found out about it through Working Chance and was excited by the opportunity to work in an office environment and the chance to increase my prospects of getting paid employment once completed.

I had done a bit of research about Mitie prior to the interview but was also given a presentation by the Foundation on the day and was blown-away by the work that Mitie does and its company values.  I wanted to be given the opportunity to explore Mitie, gain great work experience and prove that I can be an asset to the team.

The interview went well and I was given a place on the programme. Week one was really fun -packed with guest speakers, work preparation sessions, team building activities and lots of yummy food – I got the chance to meet some great people and have been given a lot of support from the team and the other candidates on the programme.

When I was told that I would be placed at one of Mitie’s head offices I was overwhelmed with nerves. I thought the staff would be really serious and not very approachable. I thought they would look down on me because of my lack of experience within the company. But I couldn’t have been more wrong.

Upon arrival I was greeted by my mentor Gerry Lambert. She had a huge smile on her face and gave me a lovely warm welcome. She showed me around and introduced me to other staff members who were all equally as welcoming. My mentor’s aim is to help me to get the most out of my placement so I can overcome the barriers to employment and I’ve experienced so many things already.

I am so thankful that Mitie have given me this opportunity and would encourage anyone in my position to get involved.”

Trevene Downie is a Ready to Work candidate working with Mitie Client Services.

For more information on the Ready2Work programme, contact Nina Tomlinson and follow them on Twitter @mitiefoundation.

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