The “Fill the Gap” initiative

Sep 01 2017
By: Gail Stephens
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We are delighted to be in partnership with a number of organisations working on employer led training and pathways into construction for ex-offenders in a unique project entitled “Mind/Fill the Gap”. Specifically responding to the needs of employees in the construction industry the objective is to reduce the skills gaps of trained workers within the industry giving employees access to the talent pool that people leaving prison/the 11 million people with a criminal record represent.

Led by Lendlease Be Onsite and part funded by CITB, the programme delivers training and support into jobs via the collaboration of a consortium of a range of organisations who all work within the employment support sector and have a desire to focus on work with ex-offenders. We ourselves provide skills training both in and out of prison whilst the others in partnership including PJ Careys, Lee Marley Brickwork and Scaffolding, Mitie Foundation, NACRO and a Fairer Chance all give their specialist support towards the ultimate objective of sustainable employment.

The programme which began on 1st May 2017 focusses on London and the South in year 1 with other areas of the UK including Manchester, North West, Birmingham and West Midlands in years two and three.

  • “Bounce Back is, above all, about its people. What is known is that a job and income on release is fundamental to success in coping with day to day life and preventing re-offending. Our drive to change perception in employers and clients is reaping rewards and our professional team is working around London and the Home Counties.

    The mutual trust and respect at the core of our values reflects the growing belief in giving social enterprises and socially disadvantaged people an opportunity to succeed and thrive. We are just one stage in this development, the determination of our participants to start a new life and move on is a formidable ingredient in the recipe for success."

    Francesca Findlater, Founder/Chairman

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