ENGIE & The Prince's Trust - Get Into Facilities Management 2017: supporting young people into employment

The Prince's Trust support young people aged 13-30 from disadvantaged backgrounds to get into employment, education and training. ENGIE have been working with them for the last four years to help young people Get Into Facilities Management (FM).

The Get Into FM program is a two week work experience program with the objective of giving unemployed young people experience, confidence and skills to progress into work within the Facilities Management industry.  ENGIE have delivered this program since 2012 with 75% of young people progressing into "positive outcomes" (Employment, Education and Training).

Get Into FM 2017 gave 10 young people opportunity of work placements across London at FM contracts with Dept of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Harrow Council, Kingston Council, Telereal Trillium and Camden & Islington NHS Trust, with one placement at ENGIE's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Energy Centre.

Young people received accredited Health & Safety training in the form of IOSH Working Safely to give them a basic understanding of health & safety risk and management before going on site, delivered by Leigh McAllister, Training & Quality Manager at ENGIE.  Customer Service & Employability Skills training provided by Stephanie Chant from our Learning & Development Team gave young people opportunity to share good & bad experiences and have some fun, but further develop key soft skills.  Young people then spent 6 days on placements, receiving PPE donated by ENGIE's uniform supplier Swift 360 before a Celebration Event where they presented on their experience and received certificates. 

Following completion of the programme two young people were immediately recruited into full time roles with ENGIE.  Jahson Alexander's successful placement at Camden & Islington led to a portering role looking to develop into an apprenticeship, while Reece Allen performed so well at Watford Service Centre he was offered a role as Dispatch Officer.