We’re one of the largest employers of apprentices in the UK with almost 2,000 people currently in training across the business.
All our apprentices study for formal qualifications, while learning practical skills on sites, contracts, and projects or customer placements. Most of our technical apprentices are between 16-24 years of age, but we also encourage applications from older candidates who can demonstrate an aptitude for a particular trade or craft, or any of our other service requirements.
We’ve always taken pride in being a pioneer, and in that spirit we were one of the first companies to offer apprenticeships in the hospitality, cleaning, landscaping, waste, and security industries.
As a result, our commitment and the quality of our apprenticeship programmes were recognised by the National Apprenticeship Service in October 2016, when we were named as the Macro Employer of the Year (South West), and in January 2017 we were named overall Macro Employer of The Year at the National Apprenticeship Awards.
Our delivery philosophy
We provide a wide range of apprenticeships in our engineering, building, property and other facilities services.
Given the geographically - dispersed nature of our people, we choose to outsource the funded training delivery to a sole provider, Jigsaw Training.
We receive direct government support from the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) in the delivery of certain apprenticeships. Where this is the case, we operate a transparent approach as set out in our Supply Chain Fees and Charges Procedure for training providers to whom we subcontract delivery.
In the year 1 August 2015 to 31 July 2016, Mitie Group Plc received the total sum of £1,684,861 under our direct grant arrangements with the SFA. Of this sum, a total of £1,676,437 was paid to our sole provider, Jigsaw Training (UKPRN 10023999) for the sole purpose of delivering apprenticeships (and the associated administration thereof) across our business.
The remaining £8,424 amounted to a small contribution towards the internal costs of apprenticeship delivery including provider management and the auditing of their training services to our apprentices.
Our contract with Jigsaw Training ran concurrently with the SFA financial year (01 August to 31 July) and none of the funding received was allocated to anything other than costs associated with the delivery of apprenticeships.
Our apprenticeship program received an Ofsted rating of 'Good' in May 2016.
We’re proud of our status as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer. Our apprentice needs, while nationwide, are geared to support our business growth and requirements. Vacancies therefore arise for specific trades and geographies throughout the year, rather than onboarding a group of apprentices like we do every year with our graduate programme.
When opportunities do arise we seek to engage candidates locally to meet those requirements. For this reason we do not seek apprenticeship applications, as it can lead to individuals applying on a speculative basis when there is little chance of success, which could lead to disappointment.
However, we have roles in all sorts of professions; from maintenance to marketing, and individuals who are keen to develop a career with Mitie will find a range of vacancies on our jobs portal.