Ex Offenders Build a Working Future

The Community Safety project, helping ex-offenders into work, is celebrating a double success with the construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland giving two Leicester men a fresh start in full time paid employment.

Family-owned Bowmer & Kirkland has started taking ex-offenders on placements which include mentoring by the firm’s staff and are designed to boost confidence and skills. Key basic qualifications in health and safety are also ticked off.

When James, 20, was referred to Leicestershire Cares in February he was low on confidence but wanted to work in construction. In his first placement at Leicester City Council’s Evington Park he passed all the tests and received a Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card, meaning he can work on building sites.

He then went on placement to Bowmer & Kirkland at its site in Hinckley. The firm was so impressed with his motivation and work ethic that they offered him full time employment.

Thank you so much for everything Leicestershire Cares and Bowmer & Kirkland have done for me. I am going to work hard and be successful.”

James was quickly followed by Sean, 27, who also successfully completed a placement at Bowmer & Kirkland in Hinckley and was also offered a full time job. I can’t believe I was offered a job. Thank you all so much.”

“Leicestershire Cares ensures the people coming to us are both suitable and prepared. They have a very refreshing desire to get back into a working environment and demonstrate their abilities. They have proven to be some of the best within our workforce.”

Matt Maisey, project manager at Bowmer & Kirkland

“Giving ex-offenders the opportunity of a fresh start in work is good for them, good for the wider community and great for employers who get potential recruits very keen to work.

“Both James and Sean seized their opportunities and are working well. Firms who offer work placements, such as Bowmer & Kirkland, deserve great credit. The staff who mentor the placements get a lot of satisfaction too in seeing how people’s outlook is transformed.”

Dennis Sayer, Community Safety Manger

New mixed use retail scheme in the town centre of Hinckley.New mixed use retail scheme in the town centre of Hinckley.

 

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