MITIE in the Community
At MITIE, Transforming Communities is more than a tag line; it’s a passion for our service that sees us looking beyond the skilled work required to complete a contract, and considering further ways we can make a positive impact. The community activities we offer are shaped by the needs of our residents.
Work clubs are an opportunity for our residents to get advice on where to look for jobs on-line, get help with improving their CV, and help to prepare for interviews. Unemployment is a national problem, so it is common for most of our community activities to be focused on helping people find work.
Youth engagement is another area where we get a very good response from the community. Activities such as athletics training and painting and decorating workshops help to bring young people together, teach them new skills, and provide them with activities during the school holidays.
DIY days are a good opportunity for our residents to learn new skills, from painting and decorating to tiling and plumbing. We provide all the materials required, and our expert operatives give step by step demonstrations before residents pull on the overalls and have a go themselves.
Apprenticeships allow participants to gain qualifications while they are working. We provide on the job training and our apprentices attend college part time to learn the theory. The apprenticeships last from 12 to 36 months and include carpentry and joinery, plumbing, heating and ventilation,electrical installation, maintenance operations, and business administration.
Work experience opportunities are available to residents. The placements,which last for two months have proved very popular, and as well as giving participants new experience and skills, have resulted in some residents being offered full time roles at MITIE. Business volunteering in schools is a rewarding activity for both the students and our people.
Colin Dawes, Asset Investment Manager at Lewisham Homes says, “The Community Investment programme delivered by MITIE is a commitment to invest not only in people’s homes but also in the local community. "