The Mitie Foundation exists to provide varied life opportunities for disadvantaged groups within the communities we are proud to operate in. Our initiatives change minds, raise aspirations and remove barriers, opening ways in to sustainable employment. In doing so we attract the very best potential, enriching the diversity of our workforce.
A registered charity, our vision is to improve employment chances for people with barriers to employment. We harness the skills and expertise of our workforce, our clients and our supply chain to support people of all backgrounds towards improved career chances.
Ready2Work: Through meaningful work experience, Ready2Work gives candidates exposure to the Mitie world and its clients. Our tailored approach enables individuals to upskill and rebuild confidence, within a supportive environment. The completion of the programme provides candidates a route in to sustainable employment and offers Mitie with an additional recruitment stream.
Schools: By developing key relationships with partner schools in socially deprived areas, we increase awareness of Mitie and the opportunities within the FM sector. Students gain employability skills and enhance their career aspirations, helping to shape tomorrows workforce.
Prisons: By working collaboratively with prison establishments, we increase the employment prospects and aspirations of those serving a custodial sentence. Beyond Bars serves to show case the talent available, changing business minds and creating employment opportunities.
Essex County Council – The Future
Our Ready2Work colleagues completed their 8 week programme on August 30th 2019 which culminated in a celebration and award ceremony in the Council Chamber Foyer. The Chairman of Essex County Council, Councillor John Jowes, attended and awarded certified to our R2W colleagues.
Our mentors make the programme the success it is; a huge “thank you” to those who mentored and supported our R2W colleagues.
Peter Finch of our Post & Distribution team commented “it was amazing to see the transformation of our candidate from a shy, reserved young man at the beginning of the programme, to a more confident, enthusiastic individuals at the end”.
Steve Trendall of our County Hall FM team said “Always a privilege to be involved in this initiative and these are the schemes that make it a joy to come to work for. As a mentor it was please to see how the candidates grew in confidence and in the roles they were tasked with. I hope this scheme continues to grow and I am more than happy to continue as a mentor to pass on knowledge to improve the opportunities of others”.