The multi-award winning Real Apprentice employability scheme was originally open to people aged 17-25 from East London with the target area being Tower Hamlets which with 11.7% unemployment, ranked first in the list of the local authorities with the highest unemployment in London (2007 – ONS)
The apprentices undertake a 2-week pre-placement training, followed by a 10 week full-time work experience on operational sites, working in facilities management. Supported by a site mentor and manager, every apprentice learns site technical skills and soft skills essential in employment. The audit trail includes three appraisals, a training matrix, community challenge, and £500 prize for the winner, following nominations from sites/clients.
- 78 people have entered into full-time employment. 3 of the original 7 employed on the pilot remain with MITIE today.
- A participant appointed as a mailroom operative in 2006, has now progressed to supervisor level at an American law firm and has trained several people who have followed him.
- Another participant, appointed as an administrator in 2007, now project manages major bids.