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N-ergy Consortium Is Offering Welsh Ex Offenders Training And Work

N-ergy logoWhen it comes to finding employment it can be hard enough for many of us, but if you happen to be an ex offender then you’ll be used to facing the stigma and suspicion that goes with the title.

It’s not unusual for ex offenders to have come from a disadvantaged background, and just drifted into crime, having little or no qualifications. Either way ex offenders face an uphill battle when it comes to trying to gain employment, with the result that many return to crime.

Consortium to help ex offenders

It is clear that someone needs to offer a helping hand to get ex offenders back into employment and to prevent them from re-offending and this is just what Donna Turner-Kot is setting out to do. Founder of N-ergy Consortium (a group of three companies) her social enterprise company addresses the different aspects which ex offenders need help with.

The first company, N-ergy Group was set up in 2007 and came about through Turner-Kot’s enjoyment of  her previous role of vocational trainer in Cardiff prison. She carried out a lot of research into the prison network through the country and decided that she was going to specialise in the support of offenders whilst they were being held in custody. She spoke to a contact in Cardiff Prison who decided to take a gamble on her, and that’s how she got started.

Vocational training in custody

N-ergy Group provides vocational training for all of the five prisons in Wales and use funds from other partnerships which includes a number of colleges. It is through these partnerships that she has been able to expand into the South West of the country and as far north as York.

The training covers 12 different areas and they work with prisoners wherever they happen to be working in the prison, whether that be the kitchen, cleaning or the factory. The aim is  to give them work related qualifications which can be built into a CV ready for when they are released from prison, as many of then have no qualifications to speak of.

Help with employment

It doesn’t just end with their release either. N-ergy Source set up in 2009 focuses on recruitment and specialises in finding employment for released offenders. They start to work with the offenders 3 months before their release to sharpen up their CVs and start sending them out to prospective employers.

The final piece of the chain is N-ergy works which employs ex offenders to carry out ground maintenance and cleaning contracts, with the idea that the entire workforce apart from senior managers would be ex-offenders.

Turner-Kot said that she is urging employers to give at least one ex offender a job opportunity saying that those given a second chance go on to become very loyal employees.

For more information visit the N-ergy group website.

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