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Recycling firm joins job scheme for ex-offenders


A recycling company has signed up to an employment scheme for ex-offenders that provides them with training and qualifications. 

Powerday has partnered with social enterprise Blue Sky and category C Northamptonshire prison HMP Onley to provide training and potential employment at construction sites across London for inmates on release.

Candidates will work towards a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Health and Safety in a construction environment to enable them to apply for a CSCS labourer green card.

After on-site training and screening, successful workers are offered a six-month contract of employment with Blue Sky which will place them within Powerday teams.

The first intake will go to St George, part of the Berkeley Group construction firm, and people who demonstrate a strong work ethic will be considered by Powerday for full-time employment.

Pete Middleton, HMP Onley’s head of reducing reoffending, said: “The partnership creates invaluable opportunities for prisoners to transform their lives by gaining the confidence and essential skills in the workplace which, in turn, prevents them from reoffending.”

According to Blue Sky, work has been found to reduce reoffending by up to 50% in England and Wales.

John Chesters, commercial director of Blue Sky development and regeneration, said: “This opportunity, supported by HMP Onley, to find good candidates ready to enter the construction industry will also mean that we are able to offer jobs in a new industry, extending the range of people we can support – reducing reoffending and making a real difference in people’s lives.”

Powerday ran a similar employment scheme between 2011 and 2015, the KELP initiative, with social enterprise Kotuku to give around 100 candidates training and 90 candidates full-time employment in the construction and waste industries.


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