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Women employees nurtured at MITIE

25 April 2012

MITIE Group PLC has this week been named one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women for a second consecutive year.

MITIE places huge importance on attracting female talent whilst delivering a supportive and inclusive environment for its people. Led by Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, the first Asian woman to head a FTSE 250 company, MITIE has implemented a series of initiatives to improve its culture for women. These include a programme to encourage women to return to work and develop their careers after taking maternity leave, and a recent pilot of a maternity coaching programme to assist retention of senior female talent.
Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE, who has set up and remains involved in a mentoring circle for black, Asian and minority ethnic women, said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for a second consecutive year by The Times for our commitment to making MITIE the very best it can be for our female staff. MITIE is a fast-growing and ambitious company and will only reach its potential if it makes the most of all the diverse talent within the company, including women. By making sure that we have the right environment and support for our female staff we will succeed together as a company.”
MITIE also has a dedicated diversity steering group that is externally chaired and made up of 14 diversity ‘champions’ who have undertaken management courses in equality and diversity, and are also responsible for supporting the gender agenda and implementing initiatives across the business.
Gender diversity in recruitment and mentoring is a strong focus for MITIE, with the company recently embarking on a targeted recruitment campaign to encourage women into engineering apprenticeships.
Helen Wells, director of Opportunity Now, which manages The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list and judging process, said: “Any organisation included in the Times Top 50 Employers for Women list has to be commended for its commitment to actively recruiting, retaining and progressing female talent. Businesses are dependent on having a highly motivated and diverse workforce and being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women list demonstrates a focus on creating an inclusive and diverse workplace that utilises the skills and talent of a diverse workforce. It is a clear statement that senior leaders see this as a commercial imperative, not a women’s issue.”
Other recent initiatives MITIE has introduced include: holding ‘Girls in Construction’ events to encourage more women into under-represented trades and to help address occupational segregation; and a partnership with Working Chance, a recruitment charity assisting women offenders in making the transition into employment.

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