Offenders praise employability pilot scheme

A pilot scheme helping Cardiff people find work has been praised by one of the cohort of people it aims to support.
Wales Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC) teamed up with national developer Wates Residential in summer 2018 to support people with convictions to gain meaningful skills and qualifications, supporting them to lead crime-free lives.
Three CRC service users were among 15 people to take part in a two-week intensive employability academy to help break down any barriers to employment.
During the programme, service users received a full set of Personal Protective Equipment to enable them to work on construction sites, learned a variety of practical skills through hands on trade taster sessions, visited live construction sites and undertook work to improve employability skills.
The three service users successfully completed the full two weeks and achieved a BTEC Level 1 Certificate in Construction and were funded to sit their Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) test that would enable them to work on sites. The programme culminated with a jobs fayre involving a range of employers from the construction industry interviewing course graduates.
One of the service users, Christopher Robshaw, said: “I’ve been self-employed since 2000 doing lots of different things but hadn’t worked on a construction site since before then, so this was a really good course for me. There were different modules and I got a lot from it. The whole experience has given me a lot more exposure with potential employers. It has been massive for me.”
The partners are currently looking at ways to develop the scheme to enable more people to benefit.
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