Young people from across Essex have been given an opportunity to kick-start their career with a ground-breaking apprenticeship championed by MITIE.
The Facilities Services Apprenticeship was devised as part of MITIE’s 10 year contract with Essex County Council and MITIE will be recruiting another 11 Facilities Services Apprentices as well as five Mechanical and Electrical Apprentices this year thanks to its successful first intake.
The new apprenticeship framework, which encourages young school leavers to gain recognised qualifications, is the first of its kind and was developed and delivered by total solutions training company Jigsaw Training.
Working with the MITIE senior team, Jigsaw has designed a programme around the apprenticeship framework to ensure learners are given the chance to be earn industry-recognised qualifications and employability skills, while also gaining invaluable experience within MITIE’s facilities management teams.
Mandatory units include; reduction of risks to health and safety in the workplace, promotion and maintenance of service delivery and contribution to the effectiveness and efficiency of premises and facilities.
Optional units available include; customer relations, site security and safety and electrical and plumbing services.
The apprenticeship is delivered via off the job training one day a week to achieve the NVQ level 2 and four days a week on operational placement during which they are mentored and assessed, the placement will be rotated to include all key facilities management departments at MITIE on the Essex County Council contract.
Samantha Greenwood, Business Innovation and Change Manager at MITIE said: “We wanted to focus on the educational needs and training of young people across the county of Essex and we are thrilled to see the apprenticeship grow.
“The innovative apprenticeship delivered by Jigsaw Training is tailored completely to the learner, giving them a great start to a future career in facilities management.
“The first intake to the scheme has been hugely successful, they are now 5 months into the programme and are all currently on target to achieve the full framework. Even at this early stage, one apprentice has been offered a full time position as a direct result of the qualifications and experience.”
James Blackhurst, Managing Director at Jigsaw Training said: “Facilities management is all about keeping the built environment running like clockwork.
“We have created the bespoke programme around the industry recognised apprenticeship framework so that learners can have a range of exposure to different service lines and gain the experience that employers require before building a future within the industry and we are looking forward to developing the scheme further with this year’s intake.”
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