To engage offenders with the prospect of a job with Blue Sky on release from prison and a long-term career thereafter: hope and purpose to rebuild lives and to reduce re-offending. The project will build on Blue Sky‚Äôs significant achievement over the last 10 having employed over 1,000 ex-offenders.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1118372)
60% of prisoners re-offend within 2 years, costing the public ¬£13bn pa. Having a job reduces re-offending by up to 50% yet 75% of prisoners are released to unemployment. It is 8 times more difficult for a person with a criminal record to find a job than someone without. 47% of prisoners have no qualifications. Meanwhile, industry sectors such as waste recycling, rail, and logistics are experiencing a skills gap. Vocational workforces are getting older with too few new recruits to replace them.
Blue Sky creates entry-level jobs for ex-offenders by offering companies (such as Amey and Veolia) an alternative to agency labour. As well as a 6-month contract, Blue Sky helps ex-offenders find onward jobs ‚Äì 40% go on to permanent employment, often with our commercial clients. The project will promote Blue Sky‚Äôs employment pathway for the first time within prisons ‚Äì engaging and motivating prisoners at the best stage possible, releasing them to the prospect of a job and a crime-free future.
"For years I didn‚Äôt like what I looked at in the mirror but with the support of Blue Sky I can see the best ‚Äòme‚Äô that my family are proud of."
"When I was convicted I thought to myself ‚Äòthat‚Äôs it, my life is over, I‚Äôll never get a job‚Äô. But, Blue Sky welcomed me with open arms..."
"For years I didn’t like what I looked at in the mirror but with the support of Blue Sky I can see the best ‘me’ that my family are proud of."
"When I was convicted I thought to myself ‘that’s it, my life is over, I’ll never get a job’. But, Blue Sky welcomed me with open arms..."
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