Blue Sky Development & Regeneration

Blue Sky's employment pathway for prisoners

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’s significant achievement over the last 10 having employed over 1,000 ex-offenders.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 4 December 2015 to 5:00 PM, 14 December 2015

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1118372)

Check mark Match funded

Campaign target

£3,750

Amount raised

£7,750

Donations

2

    Category

  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy

    Helping

Location

  • "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."

    — Wayne

  • "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..."

    — Shanitta

  • "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."

    — Wayne

  • "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..."

    — Shanitta

Situation

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.

Solution

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 – 40% go on to permanent employment, often with our commercial clients. The project will promote Blue Sky’s employment pathway for the first time within prisons – engaging and motivating prisoners at the best stage possible, releasing them to the prospect of a job and a crime-free future.