04 November 2019 | Prithvi Pandya
Independent caterer Bartlett Mitchell has announced a new partnership with The Clink Charity to supply its coffee brand Perkee and deliver barista skills for prisoners undertaking its training programmes.
Bartlett Mitchell will roll out its sustainable fairtrade coffee offer across The Clink's four restaurants and its Manchester café. The Clink Charity was founded in 2009 and reduces reoffending rates by delivering City and Guilds NVQ training in real-life working environments to prisoners.
The caterer will also support the charity's high street café in Manchester by providing direct training to the café team, regular audits and offer menu development and marketing support.
Ian Thomas, CEO at Bartlett Mitchell, said: "The Clink is doing incredible work. Prisoners that go through its programme are 41 per cent less likely to reoffend and we are delighted to support the charity on their journey.
"This partnership enables us to give back to both the UK hospitality industry and our society by up-skilling prisoners, growing the potential talent pool in a sector beset with skills shortages and creating job opportunities that help to reduce reoffending rates."