Introducing Lee Bryant, winner of the Manchester r2w cohort and now a member of the Work Place Support team at the Coop HQ at 1 Angel Square, Manchester. Lee explains how he joined Mitie through the Mitie Foundation’s ready2work programme.
Unemployment -Dark days and darker nights
If you’ve had the pleasure in meeting Lee, I’m sure you’ll know him as an extremely positive and diligent individual full of life. That is now, but up until relatively recently that sadly wasn’t the case. After forging out a successful career, Lee sadly found himself out of work. Lee remarks’ “I found myself unemployed and looking for work, the longer my search was unsuccessful the more I viewed myself as a failure, I become a recluse, losing all my self-belief and personal drive, I lost hope of ever returning to work”. It was a new pet dog that first alerted Lee to his state of mind and gave him the impetus to start making small positive changes.
The 8-week programme – light at the end of the tunnel
Lee found out about the Mitie Foundations ready2work programme from his Job Centre work coach and with nothing to lose attended one of the Manchester Open days. Lee was surprised when offered a place on the programme, whilst sceptical about what was in store he accepted the place and as they say the rest is history. Lee recollects how apprehensive he was when attending the preplacement week at the Mitie Manchester office – Talbot Road. “The first week was great, I loved having a reason to get up and a structure again and the content of the first week really helped rebuild my confidence and prepare me for my 7-week placement”.
Who needs 7 weeks to impress?
Lee’s recent period of unemployment, was a blot on an otherwise strong career history, with his favourite role being as Facilities Assistant. Lee was then overjoyed when advised his placement would be working in the workplace support team on the Coop contact. Determined to maximise the experience, Lee threw himself whole heartedly in to the role and impressed from the offset. Dan Cleary, Account Director comments “Lee’s positivity and enthusiasm, together with a pride in his work made a really positive impression with Mitie and the Coop, and it wasn’t long before this was recognised formally by various Coop colleagues”.
After a couple of days of carrying out audits Lee proactively approached his mentor if he could get involved in other activities. Lee remembers how well his was supported by the Coop team stating (“quote from Lee about the Coop team”) Such was the instant impact that Lee made, that he secured himself an interview for a live vacancy with the team. Armed with the skills learnt from the initial employability week, Lee made an excellent account of himself and was successfully offered the role of Workplace support team member.
What does the future hold?
Lee stated “I remain very grateful of the opportunity and support that both the Mitie Foundation and Mitie Coop teams provided me, I am now in a job I love and very excited by the future. I am going to stay with Mitie and work hard to secure career progression”.
For further information about the work the Mitie Foundation does and how you can get involved please visit www.mitiefoundation.com or contact Foundation@mitie.com