The majority of community activities across Mitie are coordinated through the Mitie Foundation. The Mitie Foundation is an independent charity with a vision to change lives for people of all backgrounds by improving their opportunities to join the world of work, widening their aspirations and unlocking their true potential. Community activities fall under one of three themes:
Education – Our community engagement calendar is populated with Foundation-run World of Work days, Business Challenge
days and interview workshops. It also includes many educational business partnership days where Mitie volunteers attend alongside local employers. A volunteering schedule is issued three months in advance to allow volunteers to manage their diaries.
Employment – The Ready2Work programme is the Foundation’s flagship employability programme which helps unemployed job seekers gain work experience within a Mitie business, with one of our clients, or a partner organisation with the ultimate goal of helping them secure full time employment. We provide pre-placement training to prepare and support candidates throughout the placement, and run programmes wherever Mitie has enough presence to provide a dozen real work experience places. Candidates are generally long-term unemployed and represent various disadvantaged groups.
Enterprise – We support social enterprises with advice, in-kind support and route to market for their wares. We host ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ awards each year at three academies in the Midlands, with the winners invited to a Mitie client site.
Over the next 12 months we will be focusing on supporting people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a strong focus on people with disabilities or those from a low socio-economic status background.
Our Ready2Work programmes will be introduced to new locations to match the evolving Mitie business. Cities will include Newcastle, Edinburgh and Liverpool, usually with a group of 12 candidates in each city.
As well as continuing to support the Mitie Skills Centres attached to schools, we will continue to support our first 'Local Networks Academy', a multi-purpose space linked to an open prison which delivers training to improve employment chances for serving inmates as they approach release.
You might also be interested in...