03rd January 2017

As we start 2017, we wanted to take a look back at some of the great charitable work we have undertaken this past year and in particular to celebrate the success we have had collaborating with the Circle Collective, a small London based charity which supports young unemployed adults in finding work.

The social enterprise prepares its trainees for the workplace through a combination of inspirational workshops, mentoring and work experience in its high end fashion store, Circle Collective. It works with them to help them develop the skills, confidence and discipline required to secure permanent employment. The charity is always looking for businesses that can help to support its goal of placing its youngsters in secure jobs, and as such, has formed a strong link with Anabas.

Led by Ravi Bhatnagar Facilities Account Director at Ogilvy & Mather, the business and the charity have worked together closely since early 2016. Ravi has delivered a number of free insight days for the charity to educate and inspire the youngsters about the possibilities available within the FM industry which has so far led to the successful employment of three individuals, Jason Goncalves, Scott Humphreys and Kuran Jaylan.

Charlie Ward, Training Coordinator from Circle Community said; “Circle has received fantastic support from Anabas, who has taken on three of our young people over the last few months. All three are working in permanent facilities management roles with brilliant career prospects.”

“Scott and Kuran initially attended an insight day which was delivered by Ravi and despite not really knowing what to expect, they learned about all of the opportunities in facilities management and were given a two week work trial in the post room. Both were very impressed, and have been working as Post Room Assistants at Ogilvy and Mather ever since.”

Kuran said “I never thought that working in a post room could be a customer services job. When I went to the career day I loved it the minute I walked in the building.”

Jason has recently been appointed as a Helpdesk Coordinator. Despite being an Economics graduate, he was finding interviews hard to come by and so was delighted to be given the opportunity by Mark Murdoch, Customer Experience Manager at Anabas, who said Jason “blew his socks off” in the interview. On his appointment, Jason said; “I love my new career and I am really happy to work for such a supportive employer.”

Turly  Humphreys, founder of Circle Community said; “ We would like to say a massive thank you to Ravi and the team at Anabas for their continued support, you have really helped changed the lives of our young people, we can’t thank you enough and look forward to continuing the relationship in the future,”

Ravi is now looking at further ways to help Circle and has plans to roll the initiative out across other Anabas sites with a view to providing more employment opportunities for the charity’s youngsters.

Ravi concluded; “I believe very strongly in the work that is being done by Circle Community. I have worked with them for a number of years, in another role and I am delighted to have continued this relationship with them at Anabas. I admire the way in which they prepare the young people that they work with, providing them with invaluable skills and readying them for employment. I have enjoyed delivering the insight days and opening their eyes to the possibilities within the FM industry. Jason, Scott and Kuran are all doing very well and are being mentored daily. It has been a pleasure to support the charity but has also been a great way for us to find new talent who are excited and engaged in the possibilities open to them in their new roles.”



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