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MITIE Group plc and Mosaic launch new ex-offender mentorship programme

MITIE Group plc and Mosaic are collaborating on a new ex-offender mentorship programme that has been welcomed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling.

The signing of an agreement between MITIE – the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company – and Mosaic (HRH The Prince of Wales’ mentoring charity) witnesses the dawn of a new partnership that will directly support ex-offenders.

The partnership will provide ex-offenders with important transferable skills, experience and mentorship through a series of workshops and training programmes that ultimately lead to a work placement within MITIE Group plc.

Taking place at HMP Isis, these workshops will concentrate on activities that help individuals to improve their skills and abilities in networking, presentation and communication and also build their confidence levels.

The programme is overseen by the MITIE Foundation, MITIE’s charitable arm. It builds on the MITIE Foundation’s Ready2Work scheme, an eight-week, on-the-job work experience programme that involves individuals working with MITIE or its clients and partners and which has already succeeded in placing more than 70% of candidates into employment.

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MITIE Group plc and Mosaic have launched a new ex-offender programme which has been welcomed by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

MITIE Group plc and Mosaic have launched a new ex-offender programme which has been welcomed by the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling

Commenting on the new programme, Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE – CEO of MITIE Group plc and trustee of the MITIE Foundation – explained: “The MITIE Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds such that they can join the world of work. We want to raise aspirations and unlock people’s true potential. We’re delighted to be able to support Mosaic’s efforts in helping those who wish to turn their back on previous criminal activity, return to the workplace and make a positive contribution to society at large.”

Jonathan Freeman, managing director of Mosaic, added: “The re-offending rate for short-term prisoners stands at around 60% yet the likelihood of re-offending can be cut by up to 50% if an offender leaves prison with secured accommodation and employment. Providing mentoring support to ex-offenders can make a significant contribution towards stemming the rising disproportionate number of Muslims in the prison system. I wish everyone involved with this latest project much success.”

Mosaic’s Young Ex-Offenders Mentoring Programme provides one-to-one mentoring support for those making the difficult transition from prison back to their communities. It provides focused support and mentoring opportunities to prisoners aged between 18 and 35 years old who are approaching the end of their custodial sentence.

In practice, Mosaic’s trained mentors meet prisoners three-to-six months before release to establish a long-lasting relationship which continues into the community integration phase. Mentors offer wide-ranging practical assistance, including helping prisoners to secure housing and employment. With these vital support structures in place, the likelihood of re-offending in the future is significantly reduced.

The programme involves a one-to-one mentoring relationship for 12 months, with an approximate commitment of one-to-two hours per month. Mosaic provides full training for mentors which runs over an entire weekend. Training is used both as a means of selection and as a way of imparting information.

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1,500 cyclists complete MITIE’s London Revolution to boost apprenticeships

Last weekend, over 1,500 cyclists took part in the MITIE London Revolution, a 192-mile cycle ride around London that helped to raise over £25,000 for a new Business Development Academy.

The route took in iconic London landmarks, scenic back roads and historic Olympic venues such as the rowing lake at Eton Dorney and Box Hill in Surrey (which formed part of the 2012 Olympic road race).

MITIE sponsored the event for the second year running in association with its partner charity, the MITIE Foundation, and social enterprise Working Knowledge.

The charity cycle ride raised over £25,000 for a new Business Development Academy

The charity cycle ride raised over £25,000 for a new Business Development Academy

MITIE managed to raise over £25,000 which will be used to set-up a new Business Development Academy. This will help harness the raw business talent of 12 young people by offering them formal business training as well as a year of work experience at MITIE as part of a recognised apprenticeship.

Over 200 MITIE employees took part in the event, either as riders or volunteers. The day was organised by Threshold Sports, the sports marketing agency co-founded by double Olympic rowing champion James Cracknell.

Connecting with social enterprises

Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, MITIE’s CEO, said: “The MITIE London Revolution is a great way to connect with social enterprises and create positive change through sport. It has also helped to challenge our employees to think more about their own health and well-being.”

Ruby McGregor-Smith: CEO at MITIE Group plc

Ruby McGregor-Smith: CEO at MITIE Group plc

McGregor-Smith added: “At MITIE, we’re passionate about providing people with the opportunity to fulfil their potential. Partnering with organisations like Working Knowledge through the MITIE Foundation helps provide a brilliant start for young people in the world of work, as well as helping secure the future of companies like our own.”

Established by MITIE back in 2013, the MITIE Foundation is an independent charity focused on creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds to join the world of work by raising aspirations and unlocking people’s true potential.

The charity is working in partnership with Working Knowledge, a social enterprise that creates chances for young people by opening doors to employment.

*Register your interest for next year’s event and ensure you are first to find out when entries open for 2015. For more information visit: http://www.london-revolution.com

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