Inspiring young people
The Mitie Foundation co-ordinates all of Mitie’s employee volunteering which is now focused on going into schools and further education colleges, helping to inspire the next generation to choose a rewarding career. The types of activities undertaken at each school vary considerably as do the numbers of volunteers required for each event.
Full day “World of Work” events can require up to as many as 20 Mitie volunteers to help with the delivery of the various activities, which typically include discussing, amongst other things, possible career paths, expectations, and aspirations coupled with fun work-related games, CV workshops and mock interview techniques and practice. In certain schools the Foundation helps to deliver Challenge Days, a special type of work-inspired day, where Mitie volunteers help pupils to develop their team working, construction and production skills through various hands-on activities such as designing wind turbines; constructing 3D domes and baking. For more information on these activities please refer to the case study of Grace Academy.
The Mitie Foundation partners with Working Knowledge, a social enterprise passionate about creating chances for young people to open doors into employment. Through The Mitie Foundation’s volunteering programme, Mitie people participate in ‘Dragons Den’ style events held at FE colleges by offering their business expertise to the students in areas such as finance, operations and marketing. These events are not only fun and interactive, seeing each team of students develop their business idea by consulting with the different business experts during the course of the day, but they also develop key transferable business skills (teamwork, leadership, communication, risk taking) in the process. At the end of the event the business experts form a Dragons’ Den panel and select an overall winning team which wins a cash prize.
Mitie has Construction Skills Centres, located at seven schools throughout the UK providing vocational training, primarily to 14 to 16 year olds, in plumbing and electrical skills, bricklaying, painting and decorating, and carpentry and joinery. The on-going support and provision of resources to these Centres is now undertaken by The Mitie Foundation and for more details please explore our Skills Centre webpage here.
The Mitie Foundation encourages Mitie employees to sign up to Inspiring the Future, a national programme helping volunteers from business to go into schools and share their career journey. Sign up today by clicking here.