Name of Company:MITIE
Programme Name:Real Apprentice
Staff in London:9,875

The Real Apprentice is an employability mentoring programme for unemployed people from all backgrounds, devised and run by MITIE since 2005.  Since 2010 MITIE has partnered JobCentrePlus nationally enabling greater diversity and inclusion.  . Participants learn the technical aspects of a role and also long-term employability skills such as time keeping, attendance and team work. Each participant has a buddy to ensure they are nurtured on-site and there is an overall coordinator to mentor outside of office hours.

MITIE has worked in partnership with organisations such as Veterans Aid, Crisis, Working for Wellness, Action for Blind and Centrepoint to be able to provide holistic support to the apprentices.

Some site mentors were previously Real Apprentices like Deepa Patel, Team Leader at a client global law firm who mentored Elesha Johnson on the latest Real Apprentice.

Out of the 198 who have completed the Real Apprentice since 2005, 148 have been offered employment.