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Mitie wins ‘Promoting Diversity Employer of the Year’ award at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards

Press Release   •   Nov 23, 2017 09:00 GMT

L-R: Mark McCafferty, Head of Learning and Development at Mitie, with a representative from Skills Development Scotland and Gary McDonnell, Apprenticeship and Skills Development Manager at Mitie

23 November 2017

  • Mitie’s property management business win with industry leading ‘Think Differently’ project
  • Award winning programme challenges perceptions of disabilities in the industry
  • Mitie encourages other employers to ‘Think Differently’ at Homes 2017 event

Mitie’s property management business has won the ‘Promoting Diversity Employer of the Year’ award at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2017.

The awards ceremony, now in its sixteenth year, was held on 16 November at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow and recognises the achievements of individuals and employers involved in apprenticeships.

Mitie was crowned winner of the ‘Promoting Diversity Employer of the Year’ award for its unique employability and employee development initiative, ‘Think Differently’, which aims to support candidates experiencing barriers to employment.

The ‘Think Differently’ scheme, which is part-funded by the Construction Industry Training Board, sees Mitie partner with Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of disability employment services, Geason Training, who deliver training qualifications in the construction industry and the National Autistic Society.

The programme sees around 60 candidates from across the UK take part in training courses and work experience placements over 12 weeks. The candidates, provided by Remploy and the National Autistic Society, are placed in roles suited to their skill-sets, such as painting, joinery and administration, with a view to securing a full-time role.

Mitie is today encouraging other businesses to ‘Think Differently’ by showcasing the scheme’s success at Homes 2017, the largest housing event in the South of England. Alongside partners Geason Training and Remploy, Mitie will present ‘Think Differently’ to an audience at the conference on Thursday 23 November at 9.45am.

Mark McCafferty, Head of Learning and Development at Mitie Property Management, said:

“We are delighted to have won this award with our ‘Think Differently’ programme. It’s something we care passionately about. We can all challenge perceptions in the industry and make a difference to peoples’ lives. Homes 2017 is the ideal platform to spread the word and encourage more people to ‘Think Differently’.”

About Mitie

Mitie is a FTSE 250 business providing a wide range of facilities management and professional services, from real estate consultancy, project management, energy consultancy, compliance, risk assessment and security systems to cleaning, catering, engineering, technical and environmental services and a range of specialist services.

We work in partnership with organisations to deliver long-term savings, managing and maintaining some of the nation's most recognised landmarks for a range of blue-chip public and private sector customers.

We are the UK's largest Facilities Management Company, employing some 53,000 people across the country.

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