Our team in Cobham is helping offenders to start a new chapter in their lives upon release from prison – and it’s proving successful for them and the community.
It’s been a huge success, with none of the prisoners who took the health and safety course in 2017 re-offending, compared to the national re-offending rate of 56 per cent.
Former inmates can make a fresh start with the ‘Ready for the Gate’ programme, which gives them the skills and opportunities to begin a career in construction.
They are trained in health and safety and given the chance to gain a CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) card while in prison. Upon their release, they are offered a job with our supply chain partners and are given a salary at the end of their first week to ensure they have funds to pay for essential needs. They are also provided with a travel card to get to and from work and offered a meal every day.
One prisoner is about to start work as a labourer at Falcon Green, and he will be supported to apply for the apprenticeship programme in 2018.