100th Candidate

Natasha is our 100th R2W candidate to secure work and we want to celebrate her journey with you. Natasha previously worked in an office based role before taking a career break to raise her son. Needing a more flexible role to fit around her childcare, Natasha started working in retail. After gaining experience in a range of their roles over a 5 year period, Natasha was keen to get back into an office environment.

Why R2W?

“My son was now at an age that meant I didn’t need to be as flexible with my hours at work. Even though I was employed, I was aware I hadn’t been working in an office environment for a number of years and this affected my confidence. I was worried I wouldn’t even get an interview, and if I did I wouldn’t be able to show my ability in that situation. I had the security of employment even if it wasn’t something I wanted to do.

My advisor mentioned the R2W programme and explained it would help with my confidence, interview skills and get me some up to date experience. He helped me apply and I was accepted on to the programme.”

The R2W Programme

Natasha was placed on a Mitie property contract in London; she was able to build her confidence and showcase her ability and was offered a contract role with the gas team.

“I had no experience in the industry and the team were all so nice and supportive. They were so patient with me and helped whenever I needed it.”

Looking ahead

“I hope to progress and build a career in this industry. My confidence and understanding is growing every day and I’m grateful to Mitie for the opportunity.”

How does it feel to be the 100th candidate?

“Very special! It just proves that anyone from any background can do well. It was hard, I was working two jobs and looking after my son but it was completely worth it!”

Jason Burroughs, Contracts Supervisor, Mitie Property Management

"Natasha joined us on the Ready2Work programme and from day one showed potential of becoming a permanent team member, to the point she was head hunted to work on our reactive repairs team. Natasha is a likeable person and is hard working and completes tasks asked of her.

On a personal note I would like to say that the Ready2Work programme is something I’ve enjoyed being involved in and giving individuals a second chance in life."