In 2018, we considered an alternative area of society in which to recruit. The aim of which for Cidon to recruit eager, hardworking individuals whilst helping those who perhaps needed a second chance in life. With this new approach in mind, we became aware of an organisation who highlighted the struggle for ex-offenders to get an opportunity to work, and therefore the effect on society.
Working closely with our partnering organisations; Scottish Prison Service; Seetec, Remade with Hope and Tempus Novo, we seek to provide purposeful training through prison workshops, including CSCS and preparing the offenders psychologically, and other skills ready to be placed in to sustainable employment upon release. Since 2018 when the programme started, we have seen 15 candidates placed in to employment with Cidon. As new projects commence, we are continuously working closely with the prisons to continue this programme. Candidates released to site are placed within an area which best suits them personally, e.g. joinery, steel fixing, storeman, labouring, concreting, plant operating etc. All candidates are paid above National Minimum Wage when on ROTL (day release from prison). Once released they are all offered a permanent position with the company. They are continuously supported by Seetec and Tempus Novo on release to ensure all personal needs are accounted for, e.g. Housing, travel and transport, and financial support.
We strive to break the cycle of crime and punishment, providing employment and the appropriate intervention and support upon release.
Prison sentences alone are not enough to deter offenders from committing crimes, and certainly not enough to break the cycle of crime that captures so many people who serve time in prison.
Almost 80% of offenders released from prisons will be arrested for another crime within five years.
Almost 60% of ex-offenders will be arrested within three years, and a third will be re-arrested within six months of release. There are many root causes, but in particular the lack of opportunities for offenders to find work and support themselves and their families.
Engage and Prepare:
Working closely with our partnering organisations to provide purposeful training in prison workshops, including CSCS training, whilst preparing the offenders psychologically ready to be placed in to sustained employment upon release.
Regularly communicating with Louise of Seetec, discussing future opportunities.
Identify potential candidates and holding workshops to inform candidates about our work sector, Cidon Construction and the programme we are rolling out to our sites.
Cidon Interview a selection of identified candidates, and review their criminal history to ensure it falls in line with our guidelines.
Continuously supported by Seetec and Tempus Novo on release to ensure all personal needs are accounted for, e.g. housing, travel, transport, and financial support.
Further training needs identified and carried out as required.
Placing in to Employment:
Successful candidates released to site, placed within an area of site which best suits them personally, e.g. joinery, steel fixing, storeman, labouring, concreting, plant operating etc. All candidates are paid above national minimum wage, when on ROTL (day release from prison). Once released they are all offered a permanent position with the company.
We have set out our stall, committing to provide sustainable employment and training for ex-offenders and others who have an ambition for a career in the construction industry.
The scheme has not been plain sailing, and perhaps we were a little naive at the start. However, we have had some great success stories, and found it to be a rewarding experience overall; one we hope to continue in the years to come.
If you would like to find out more, or feel you could offer employment or meaningful work experience in a relevant discipline you are involved in, please do not hesitate to get in touch.