Mitie’s Environmental + business and The Salvation Army have set up a joint venture initiative to transform the lives of people who are unemployed in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.
The Salvation Army approached Mitie to help place a number of individuals, who all had specific barriers to employment but were willing to take on the training needed for the role, into work in the local area.
Tom MacKeown, regional account manager, was able to recruit a team of cleaners and a supervisor for ODEON in Southend on Sea through this initiative. Within six weeks, all members of the team had excelled in their roles and become indispensable to both ODEON and Mitie.
The success of the initiative has also seen both MacKeown and The Salvation Army nominated for an ERSA Employability award, highlighting their hard work and dedication.
Rob Cattell, managing director of Mitie’s Environmental+ business commented:
“This is a brilliant example of how collaboration between local charities and businesses can make a real difference to local people. Mitie is committed to providing support to the long-term unemployed and this is proof that our approach works, helping to transform lives and make a real difference to our client ODEON as well.”
Julie Bakonyvari, who is The Salvation Army’s employment engagement co-ordinator for Southend added:
“Each year, The Salvation Army helps thousands of people back into employment, enabling them to achieve their full potential and transform their lives. Our tailored support means we can help people meet their goals and aspirations, while identifying barriers preventing them from achieving these. We have been fortunate to forge links with Mitie, who have provided valuable additional assistance to those we are supporting back into employment – we look forward to continuing this working relationship.”
After being employed by Mitie at ODEON, the team was then given on-going training and support by The Salvation Army to help their transition into full-time employment.