Bounce Back charity launches first of it’s kind scaffolding training centre at HMP Brixton Prison.
Criminal records are often a red flag for employers, often former prison inmates have little choice but to re-offend or consider re-offending. As a former scaffolding employer myself back in the late 1980s to late 1990s I will confess that I employed scaffolders and labourers with criminal records, including armed robbery, and had no problem with them at all. In fact, I will go further and say that these scaffolders often turned out to be better and more diligent employees than those recruited from the population at large. Right now, when skilled scaffolding operatives are in short supply a pool of highly motivated potential employees must be welcome.
In what the UK Ministry of Justice says is the first centre of its kind in the UK, scaffolding training is now on the HMP Brixton prison agenda. The centre was launched at an event at HMP Brixton prison that was opened by Paul Elliott, eminent football governing body ambassador and passionate supporter of youth engagement, and hosted by TV presenter and journalist Raphael Rowe on October 19.
The launch of the latest skills training centre in the Bounce Back portfolio is a very special event for two reasons. As a first in a UK prison all eyes are on it – not only to watch the progress of the 7 metre tower – but to see the impact in terms of skill levels it can deliver. Secondly it is a clear example of a response from the construction industry to an immediate need for scaffolding recruits. Alandale, through its relationship with Land Securities (who had already driven this model in dry lining), came into the prison and set up the training facility for Bounce Back so it could train up potential employees.
Bounce Back is a charity that trains in construction skills in HMP’s Brixton and Wandsworth, as well as CSCS training in a number of other prisons.
It is also a painting and decorating Social Enterprise that employs people as professional decorators on release and works on projects large and small around London and the Home Counties with a team of up to 30 at any one time. Bounce Back says that it trains up to 60 inmates a day across both of its centres and says that it has an 85 per cent success rate on people leaving prison either going into further training or employment. The charity says that it was worked with just under 600 people thus far and reoffending rate is currently monitored at 12 per cent.
“This is a great example of true partnership working – the new Scaffold Centre will meet industry skills gaps and tap into the potential of people in prisons, it’s a win-win situation for everyone’ – people get a second chance, the industry gets skilled workers and our communities become safer by reducing reoffending rates,” said Debbie Akehurst head of economy and communities at Land Securities.
“We have been delighted by the opportunity that this gives our participants to get into employment on release’ says Fran Findlater CEO of Bounce Back. “As we focus on training skills that respond to the need of the construction industry, in this case we have more than fulfilled our objectives – we could easily place 20 or more scaffolders into work and we’ve only been open a couple of months. This is all about getting our participants ready for work on site. It is not about high levels of extensive training, it is to see if individuals have the appetite to go up a scaffolding tower and get involved in the hard work the profession requires. If participants do this, dry lining and painting and decorating in our three centres, we know they will have an aptitude on release. Ultimately this has one end goal – stopping people coming back to prison because they have the skills, confidence and earning potential to manage on the outside.”
Prisons Minister Sam Gyimah said, “Bounce Back is an excellent example of how employers can provide invaluable work opportunities for offenders while in prison to help them turn their lives around. Schemes like these can help to break the cycle of re-offending, which means fewer victims and saves the taxpayer money.”
Bounce Back confirmed that trainees can be good to go for employment as soon as they leave prison as they are able to gain their CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) cards while still in prison.
Scaffolding, ladders, ropes and associated equipment could always quite reasonably be associated with escape attempts. So I asked about security. “The Governor has considered all eventualities. The positioning of the scaffold has been measured very precisely to ensure escape is impossible,” said a spokesperson for Prisons – Ministry of Justice.
What a great opportunity to break the re offending pattern.
I was offered a job doing the same thing , the cons would have been on more than I was . The fat geezer in the the film ain`t got a days work in im , no wonder he took the job , 27,000 grand a year .
So this where I gotta be to get my ticket Chris Baker?
First lesson: scaffolding inside the walls.
Second lesson: hanging scaffold outside the walls.
Third lesson: no more ?
Thanks, means a lot mate
I was just thinkin of u
I bet there’s a few fittings missing at 50p a go ,lol tbxx
So lads coming out of prison with a fresh part one will be skilled then?
Shaun Reynolds u can do ur tickets for free mate
Plenty of scaffs about, shortage of SKILLED ones though!
Whats wrong with this. Half the scaffs are ex cons anyway lol.
“what fence ?”
So we pay for our tickets and they get jail for been wrong then get a nice bonus with cisrs tickets for nowt think whos the idiots us or them ????? Not right guys
Give them a chance i say , not all men in jail are bad people. Everyone has to start somewhere.
Right now, when skilled scaffolding operatives are in short supply…. can’t believe I’ve just read that. Theres men out of work up and down the country.
As if it’s not bad enough with the dick heads turning up on site with a ticket but no experience is not enough!
Came to build a job but all the gear got pinched!
Jesus there’s enough idiots in the industry as it is.
Sed they’ll start anyone
8ft tower, a ladder beam and a Ginny wheel… Whoops!
Big mistake with the ladder. It’s not quite long enough to get them over the fence 😉
I trust that’s not the outer prison wall they’re erecting against xxx
All for it but don’t piss an ex con who’s done a stretch for murder when your swinging about on a dropper 100ft up U0001f644
Good on you! We have been doing this for over 5 years now for prisoners in Springhill.
Matt Bowler not technically first of its kind…
Scaffs better treat in prison rings a bell U0001f601U0001f601
I think they do that right here in Canada.
There’s enough money to help them in other ways as well the government just decide to take it for themselves! Things like this are published by the media so it makes the public angry at everyone apart from the real low life scumbags like politicians and banks!
I would rather the money be spent in other ways in rehabilitating them. There’s enough dodgey cunts in the scaffolding game aswell. Cost me over 2k to do my part 1 U0001f602
They aren’t being rewarded they have to go to prison to claim it! But if makes society a safer place and teaches idiots there’s more to life than being a criminal then it’s good U0001f44fU0001f3fb
Craig Fruen yeah but it helps people to become better! And helps cons not go back to crime! Or would you rather these people learn nothing and back on the streets to be cunts again
It’s free mate getting rewarded for being cuts….saying that it isn’t free the tax payer is paying for it!
Don’t exactly get it free lol have to go prison, if you don’t want to pay for it then you have the option of going to prison. Hopefully helps ex cons when there out and won’t have to resort to crime again U0001f44dU0001f3fe
Nice work mate
Help them pass the time U0001f602
Nothing makes me look like a tool i use a tool every day !!!
P.S I will never take a step back catch me drift so get me gear get off your phone, phone is for brew times laaaaa U0001f604
I did mateU0001f60f
Craig Stephens this where u got your tickets from lmao
yes you guess. Careful?! Don’t get your wires crossed mate as you said we’re all brothers. And for piping up over a facebook post there’s nothing what makes you look like a tool so take a step back.
I guess mate you’ve never had a holiday at her majesties leisure be careful what you say mate we brothers stick together no matter what the future holds U0001f618U0001f60e
More ex cons in the game U0001f602 Steven Lycett Dave O Hare
Wtf! How does a con get it for free and I have to pay if I want anything like that…?
Why not put the money spent on this in to training our nations heroes not our nations cons
What a joke
What a joke this country is.
Give them a trade where they can easily slip in through a window… great idea that!
Sweet geez!! U0001f602U0001f602
At least Rian Merry will be able to continue his course
Can honestly say if never felt so secure in the scaffolding game Martin Aiton Rian Merry Nick Goldsmith Nick Towns U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602U0001f602
Good way to get out I guess U0001f644
are ladders in a prison a good idea ? Just a thought
Most scaffs are ex cons anyway
Andrew Sneddon haha U0001f440
Dan Moreton Luke Spurway this is Shane Howie!!
Access to bedroom windows ha ha
Half of them were probably already pretendscaffs on the outside let’s be honest.
Like we didn’t work with enough nutters as it was! !
Well done they can rob you blind twice
Cantilever owa the fence coming right up U0001f602
Hahahaha with the unsafe ladder access haha I think it’s disguised capital punishment haha dickhead lol
Like there ain’t enough cunts in the trade