A new initiative has been jointly launched, by WAMITAB (the lead awarding body for the waste and recycling industry) and Milton Keynes College Offender Learning, which will provide accredited training to prisoners, enabling them to have the knowledge and skills needed in the current job market.
Working together, the two organisations have developed a programme of training and assessment which is learner focused and meets the requirements employers look for when recruiting into the industry.
Milton Keynes College now have approved trainers in all of the 28 prisons within their Offender Learning Contract and is able to offer this new initiative across the three regions in which it operates: West Midlands, East Midlands and South Central. Feedback from those learners who have been involved in the pilot phase indicates that they see real value in this training and its potential to lead to jobs, not only in the recycling industry but also other service industries such as catering, construction and cleaning. The learners have welcomed the opportunity to gain a formal qualification to support their work in prison, and employment opportunities upon release.
Chris James, Chief Executive of WAMITAB, said: “We are pleased to be working with Milton Keynes College Offender Learning to support the green agenda in prisons. This Level 1 Waste & Recycling qualification is perfect for delivery in a prison environment as it provides the skills and knowledge to help prisons achieve their sustainability targets. In addition, it prepares the learners for jobs with employers that are already receptive to taking on ex-offenders, with the added bonus that they will be work-site ready. It is a win-win scenario on all levels.”
Source: Milton Keynes Newsletter - Spring 2016