MITIE win award for impressive training scheme
Strategic outsourcing and energy services company MITIE has received an award for helping young people find work during the recession.
The Economic Regeneration award was presented to the FTSE 250 organisation at the Lord Mayor's Dragon Awards held in London last week.
The award recognises companies that are contributing to the economic regeneration of an area through employment initiatives and small businesses.
MITIE beat off competition from KPMG, commercial law firm Clyde & Co and other businesses to receive the award for its apprentice scheme.
Launched in 2005, the scheme helps young unemployed people in London find work through a full-time training programme and placements in professional environments. Many of those entering the scheme include the long term unemployed and those with disabilities.
The training gives the apprentice the chance to learn essential business skills such as CV writing, time management, interpersonal skills, time-keeping and how to perform an interview. Since establishing the course, 216 apprentices have completed the course and MITIE has helped 148 of them secure jobs.
Jane James, employment regeneration director at MITIE, said: "MITIE has always been a people business committed to its staff and the communities in which it operates, which is why receiving this acknowledgement is so fantastic.
"At a time when youth unemployment is so high, the Real Apprentice Scheme and MITIE employees are playing an important role in helping the unemployed gain skills, get back into work and feel more positive about their lives."