Government FM outsourcer Amey has partnered with commercial painting and decorating contractor Bell Group to create a group of prison academies to help transform prisoners’ lives and cut reoffending.
The scheme is a joint venture with the New Futures Network – the part of HM Prison and Probation Service that brokers partnerships between prisons and employers. The Amey and Bell Group Academy will launch at HMP Hewell in Worcestershire and HMP Featherstonein Staffordshire.
The partnership builds on Amey’s CRED (Clean, Rehabilitative, Enabling, Decent) programme, which now runs in 24 prisons and provides prisoners with the chance to learn new skills and gain work experience on the Amey Prison Facilities Management team.
The academy will give prisoners the opportunity to gain an industry-recognised vocational qualification in painting and decorating and a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card to help them move into employment when back in the community.
All inmates who graduate from the academy will get an opportunity for a role at Bell as part of a broader effort to reduce reoffending and help to tackle the dearth of skills in the construction sector.
The academy is part of Amey's commitment to ensure that as a business, it has a lasting effect on communities, people and the environment where it operates. The group stated: “Securing employment is a key part of successful reintegration back into society upon release and people who leave prison with a job are less likely to commit another crime.”
Craig McGilvray, managing director of Amey Secure Infrastructure, added: “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. Not just throughout their sentence but also by supporting them as they integrate back into society and the workplace. The launch of the new academy in partnership with the Bell Group strengthens our commitment to tackle economic inequality by developing skills and creating jobs to ensure individuals are given the opportunity to develop their careers no matter what their background or history.”
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