New training programme from the Association of Brickwork Contractors aims to help “break the cycle of reoffending”
The programme is designed specifically for those who are soon to leave prison and are seeking employment.
Working with Cara Brickwork, the ABC is delivering the 16-week training programme for Level 2 Diploma students.
The course provides learners with the additional skills necessary to work on sites managed by ABC members, ensuring they are equipped to sustain employment upon release.
Based at Thorn Cross Prison near Warrington, the training programme follows a model similar to that employed in partnership with further education (FE) colleges. In addition, the candidates will be linked to an employer before their release.
The scheme has garnered the support of eight member companies located in close proximity to the prison.
Eve Livett, CEO of the ABC, said: "We are incredibly proud to have launched this training and rehabilitation programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Justice.
“By extending opportunities for education and employment to those leaving prison, we aim to break the cycle of reoffending and empower individuals to rebuild their lives.
“We believe in the transformative power of second chances and the importance of offering support and opportunities for those who seek a fresh start."
Neil Allen, managing director at Cara Brickwork, added: “The prisoners that I have spoken with and interviewed seem like genuine people who have taken the wrong path in life and need a second chance.
"We hope that by educating them while they are in prison will pave the path for a brighter future upon release. We want them to re-enter society with useful skills and a renewed sense of purpose.
“We are soon to be taking our first prisoner out on ROTL (release on temporary licence) and are excited about helping to advance his career towards becoming a bricklayer. We hope that when he can see the possibilities of the career that could be ahead for him, that it will discourage any future involvement in crime.”