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Working in the community

Encouraging enterprise

Mitie opened the first construction skills centre, designed to teach construction skills to 14-16 year olds, in 2002, and now has six centres across the UK where over 4,600 students have gained valuable vocational qualifications and experience. Subjects covered include bricklaying, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery. Each year we support over 300 14-16 year old students to attain BTEC/WJEC Construction Certificates and Diplomas.

After the initial investment of up to £45,000 per skills centre, the Mitie Foundation has continued to provide support with PPE, work wear, tools and materials amounting to over £15,000 each year. Some of the skills centres also invite students from nearby schools, including students with special educational needs to use the facilities.

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