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Mitie wins silver at the UK Social Mobility Awards

Mitie has won a silver award in the ‘Community Programme of the Year’ category at the sixth annual UK Social Mobility Awards (SOMOs).

The award recognises Mitie’s school volunteering programme, which is part of its wider community support programme, Giving Back. The initiative offers various sessions, activities and mentoring opportunities to students in schools across the UK, helping them navigate the often confusing path from education into employment.

Mitie colleagues can volunteer to support to students of all ages, locations and backgrounds, ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to make an informed career choice.

These initiatives also aim to address stereotypes and the notion of gender-specific roles, highlighting the opportunities that exist for everyone in industries such as tech or engineering.

Returning as an in-person event for the first time in three years, last week’s awards fundraising gala celebrated organisations from a range of industries, which are committed to advancing social mobility across the UK.

The 2022 awards received the highest number of entries since they were launched in 2017, with entrants from a range of industries including education, finance, law, media and retail.

The UK Social Mobility Awards were set up to recognise organisations that are prioritising social mobility, for example through recruitment processes and progression programmes, outreach within the local community, or by developing innovative ways to create change.

Jasmine Hudson, Chief People Officer, Mitie, said: “We are proud that Mitie has achieved a SOMO silver award for our colleague volunteering programme, showcasing our dedication to enriching the lives of students. As a people business employing 72,000 colleagues we recognise the vital role we play in supporting tomorrow’s workforce, which is why education is one of the key pillars of our community outreach strategy. Through this initiative, we are providing the next generation with valuable employment skills, while breaking down barriers and perceptions to champion a much more inclusive future for tomorrow’s talent.”

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