Recycling company in Willesden Junction takes on ex criminals

Powerday recycling plant has launched a scheme to take on ex criminals

Powerday recycling plant has launched a scheme to take on ex criminals - Credit: Archant

A Willesden Junction based recycling company is taking on ex-offenders to help them on the road back to work.

Powerday, in Old Oak Lane, has teamed up with social enterprise Blue Sky and HMP Onley in Northamptonshire to launch a construction industry employment scheme for former criminals.

The partnership gives inmates from the Category C prison the opportunity to receive training and possible future employment with the two companies at construction sites across London.

Candidates work towards qualifications which will enable them to apply for a CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) Labourer Green Card they can use anywhere.

After receiving onsite training and a final screening process with Powerday, successful candidates are offered a six month contract of employment with Blue Sky who then place them within Powerday teams on site.

Those who display a strong work ethic are considered by the recycling company for full time employment.

Simon Little, sales & marketing director at Powerday said: “We are delighted to be launching this scheme and fully expect it to be the first step on the road for our candidates to forge successful careers in the construction industry”.

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John Chesters, commercial director, at Blue Sky Development and Regeneration added: “It is only with the support and opportunities provided by companies such as Powerday that Blue Sky is able to achieve the results we do – helping an often marginalised group get their lives back in shape and become valuable members of their local community.”

Pete Middleton, head of reducing reoffending at HMP Onley 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.”

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