Insight 16 November 2022

Darren’s story at Mitie

This is Darren Hobb’s story, Facilities Management Integration Manager at Mitie.

Through Mitie, Darren completed a diploma in Facilities Management. Recognising his potential, we found him an opportunity to utilise his new skills and further his career. He’s now FM Integration Manager at the most eco-friendly building in Wales.

“Anyone who joins Mitie can progress with hard work and the right attitude.”

Darren Hobbs, Facilities Management Integration Manager at Mitie
Darren Hobbs, Facilities Management Integration Manager at Mitie

What’s your Mitie story?

“I joined Mitie from Lloyds Bank when an opportunity arose. I didn’t know much about the company but after some investigation, I could see that there was lots of opportunity. I joined as Facilities Manager for the Lloyds contract, covering both the office estate and branches. After finding my feet in the role, I applied for a regional position. Although I was unsuccessful, the interview was a great learning experience. It was clear to me that I needed a professional qualification to back up the practical experience I had gained. I was given the opportunity to do an apprenticeship, a Level 4 Diploma in Facilities Management. I was looking forward to it – until I saw how much work was involved!

“The apprenticeship took me just under two years to complete – it was tough. The pandemic added an extra layer of complexity as I couldn’t get out on site as planned and everything moved online. However, I was delighted to complete the apprenticeship with a distinction!

“Shortly after completing my apprenticeship, I was given an opportunity to move across to a new contract. I’m running the mobilisation for the most environmentally friendly building in Wales, The Interchange in Cardiff.

“Day to day, I really benefit from the organisational and time management skills that I learnt during the course – plus, at the age of 46, I’ve finally got my GCSEs in English and Maths!”

How have you been recognised and rewarded for your work?

“For me, I see my career progression as the ultimate recognition – I’ve been given the opportunity to move into a new contract that really stretches my capabilities.”

What advice would you give to others embarking on a career with Mitie?

“Believe in yourself and take advantage of all of the opportunities available to you.”

Darren is just one of thousands of dedicated Mitie colleagues, each inspired and enabled to achieve their potential. By combining innovation with intelligence and applying the power of technology, we’re supporting our people to proudly make a difference, every single day.

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