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Published Wednesday, 30th November 2016

A partnership between Remploy and Mitie’s property services division has been launched to provide invaluable work experience opportunities, training and mentoring for over 60 disabled candidates.

Scotland, candidates

A partnership between Remploy and Mitie’s property services division has been launched to provide invaluable work experience opportunities, training and mentoring for over 60 disabled candidates.

Mitie secured funding from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) to deliver a project called ‘Think Differently’ which will enable the company to help people with health conditions and disabilities access training and job opportunities. It will also help Mitie build disability confidence and capability, to ensure candidates on this and future programmes are able to flourish.

Mitie already partners with Remploy, the UK’s leading provider of specialist disability employment services, and as part of this new initiative Remploy will refer candidates to the programme and deliver disability training to Mitie employees. This Disability Coaching Model will up-skill their existing staff and enable Mitie to offer inclusive work placement opportunities across their business.

The aim of the ‘Think Differently’ project is to encourage employers to take on applicants with health conditions and disabilities and give them the chance to gain real work experience and an opportunity to learn new, transferable skills.

The project is currently being piloted in Glasgow and Airdrie in Scotland. 10 candidates are in placements within Mitie businesses, in roles including quantity survey, electrical engineering, painting and administration. Following the pilot, the project will be rolled out across other areas of the business.

Mark McCafferty Regional HR Manager at Mitie’s property services business said: “We are delighted to have been provided the opportunity to develop the Think Differently concept into an innovative partnering programme. We are certain that it will provide an excellent opportunity for participants, who most likely will have encountered significant barriers to employment, to enhance their skills, confidence and provide an alternative ‘job interview’ model.

Mark continued:  “It is widely accepted that disabled job seekers can be disadvantaged by traditional recruitment methods and that work trials can provide an effective alternative route way to finding employment, so we are excited at the prospect of identifying future Mitie talent throughout the duration of the ‘Think Differently’ project.”

Mitie is also in partnership with the National Autistic Society which is the UK’s leading charity for autistic people and their families, and Geason Training which will deliver training qualifications to all participants.

At the end of their time with Mitie, it is hoped that the candidates will have learned new skills and experience which will benefit their journey to employment.

James Rowley, Remploy National Account Manager said: “This is an innovative project which brings together the expertise of industry leading organisations and will have a positive impact throughout the construction industry.

“Its aim is to not only provide disabled talent with the opportunity to pursue a career within the construction industry, but also to help Mitie build disability confidence, and internal capacity and capability, through a variety of disability training and support packages. We are excited about the prospect of challenging and changing perceptions and making the construction industry a great career option for Disabled people.”

 

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For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Amanda Craike 07500 226193

pressoffice@remploy.co.uk

www.remploy.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

●       Remploy was established 70 years ago to provide training and employment after the Second World War for injured and disabled ex-servicemen and miners.

●       Since 2010, Remploy in Scotland has found almost 12,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.

●       Remploy works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail, Sainsbury’s and the NHS

●       Remploy operates a free Workplace Mental Health Support Service to help maintain in employment people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues

●       It invests in developing innovative services for employers which are cost effective and business efficient including consultancy and a vocational rehabilitation service