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Collaborative efforts lead to creation of prison academies

07 June 2021

Local and national government service provider Amey has partnered with Bell Group to create academies within prisons to help transform lives and reduce reoffending.

It provides another example of the many benefits of collaboration between service providers and clients to further emphasise the value of the FM sector.

This latest example has resulted in the New Futures Network within Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) launching the Amey and Bell Group Academy at HMP Hewell and Featherstone.

The initiative builds further on the existing Amey Clean, Rehabilitative, Enabling, Decent (CRED) programme that runs in 24 prisons, designed to provide prisoners with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain work experience with the company's FM team within prisons.

Included in the company's partnership effort with Bell Group is the chance for prisoners to gain vocational qualifications in painting and decorating and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card.

Those graduating from the academy will additionally have the opportunity for working at Bell Group, with the dual benefit of reducing reoffending and assisting with the construction industry's skills shortage.

The new academies initiative is also a part of the Amey commitment to making a positive and lasting impact on communities, people and the environment in the areas in which it operates.

Its Secure Infrastructure managing director Craig McGilvray said: "As a business, we are focused on working with our supply chain and customers to build social value into our operations.

"One way we are doing this is by helping to transform offenders' lives for the better."

Further proof of the company's successful commitment to delivering social value was providing by the winning of the Partners in Corporate Social Commitment trophy by Amey and HMPPS in the PFM Partnership Awards 2020, leading to further recognition as the Overall Winner by the independent judging panel.

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