This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Companies sign up to employ ex-offenders

05 December 2018

More than 120 businesses have recently registered to work with prisons to provide employment options for offenders.

Having expressed their interest, the companies will work with the Ministry of Justice to consider how they can develop their relationships with prisons.

The applications have been received via the Education and Employment Strategy initiative, launched by the government six months ago, which aims to allow prisoners to gain new skills and improve their chances of employment following their release.

Another of the aims of the scheme is to address the issue of reoffending, which costs the UK £15bn a year.

Studies show that ex-offenders in employment are less likely to reoffend, leading to the government calling for a "culture change within companies so that they see beyond an offender's conviction to their potential as an employee".

More than 300 businesses have previously signed up to work with prisons, with a view to providing more favourable options for those with criminal records.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said he "passionately" believes that increasing offender's skills and helping them to find employment allows them to avoid reoffending and provides benefits to "society as a whole".

"I would encourage more businesses to consider getting involved in our New Futures Network and help ex-offenders into work," said Mr Gauke.

Amey chief executive officer Andy Milner described his company's efforts in this area, including its Passport into Employment scheme as part of its prisons maintenance contract and waste recycling partnership with Recycling Lives.

The Education and Employment Strategy has also seen a £250,000 contribution towards a construction academy at HMP Leeds and more than 160 education providers signing up to deliver educational services to prisons.


Print this page | E-mail this page

http://www.fsifm.com
http://www.lutron.com/europe/Products/Pages/WholeBuildingSystems/Vive/Overview.aspx?utm_source=Dig&utm_campaign=Cpg_029&utm_medium=PFM&utm_content=web_banner&utm_term=300x250


MOST VIEWED...

View more articles
Article image

Why the Law Says You Need a Nappy Bin Disposal Service

At home, parents are used to disposing of their babies’ used nappies the same way they do any other domestic waste - bagging it up and sticking it in the r...
Article image

Death of former PFM editor announced

PFM regrets to announce the death of former editor Richard Byatt, who is known by many in the FM sector following ...
Article image

Celebrations begin for World FM Day 2019

Today sees the launch of this year's World FM Day events to celebrate the achievements of the industry and help to raise its profile around the globe....
Article image

Taking cleaning carbon neutral

Lara Coutinho, ABM UK’s newly appointed Environment and Sustainability Manager reflects on the path to going carbon neutral....
Article image

BigChange Five in One System Boosts DFP Facilities Management Services

DFP Services, the facilities and building maintenance company, has transformed its business with the latest cloud and mobile technology....
Article image

The rise of the specialist service provider

There is a big shake up going on across the facilities management (FM) market as clients recognise they need more engineering support to help them keep the...
PFM