The Amey facilities management team at HMP Onley, together with the support of the Governor and HMPPS, has employed an ex-offender to work in the prison where he served his sentence – one of the first prisons in the UK to do so, helping an individual turn his life around.
During his sentence, Dominic (this name has been anonymised to protect the individual’s identity) was given the opportunity to work alongside Amey’s FM team as part of the ‘Passport into Employment’ programme – which gives individuals the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience and employment support to improve employability and reduced reoffending in the last year of their sentence.
The programme ensures that the work experience opportunities provided are closely linked to existing skills, education qualifications being undertaken and the career path the individual wishes to pursue once they are released.
Having impressed the Amey team with his skills, knowledge and commitment to turn his life around, upon release and after enhanced and rigorous vetting processes, as well as several months of discussion with HMPPS and the East Midlands DDC, Dominic commenced full-time employment with Amey as a Store Operative in the unrestricted external stores at HMP Onley in April 2017.
In March 2018 after successfully completing his probation period and undergoing further vetting by the local security team, he was promoted to General Maintenance Operative undertaking routine and reactive maintenance tasks within the secure premises at HMP Onley.
Amanda Fisher MD, FM, Defence and Justice said: “At Amey, we believe in hiring the best people for the job, no matter what their background or history. For me, hiring ex-offenders is not only the right thing to do but it also makes good business sense. There is a growing skill gap within our industry and within our prison population, there is a pool of highly motivated people leaning news skills such as engineering, carpentry, plumbing who just need someone to take a risk and believe in them to help transform their lives.
“The ‘Passport into Employment’ programme we have in place as part of our prisons maintenance contract is helping to support men and women to transform their lives and demonstrates our commitment. I’m delighted we’ve been able to work with the Governor and HMPPS to provide this opportunity within our facilities management operations at HMP Onley and I wish him all the success.”
Amey is currently working with several prisons to embed its ‘Passport to Employment’ programme including HMP Lancaster Farms, HMP Hewell and HMP Liverpool.
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