Giving Young Offenders a Second Chance

A young offender from Leeds has been given the chance of a career in construction thanks to Construction Youth Trust and Knottingley-based Caddick Construction.

Naseem, 17, is currently serving a sentence at Wetherby Young Offenders' Institution. Following an introduction by Construction Youth Trust, he has started a six-month work placement with Caddick Construction working on-site four days a week. 

He is working on the construction of The HUT, a youth centre in Castleford, which will feature a sports hall, bowling alley and sports courts, as well as a ‘chill out’ zone, computer lab, cinema, and conference areas. 

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council has awarded the £2.9 million newbuild contract to Caddick Construction, as part of the YORbuild Framework. YORbuild is a series of collaborative construction frameworks for the procurement of new build, refurbishment and design build construction works for the Yorkshire and Humber region’s 22 local authorities and other regionally based public sector bodies. 

The HUT, which is due for completion in June 2012, will provide a much-needed facility for young people aged 13-19 in Castleford, Pontefract, Normanton, Knottingley and Featherstone. Activities will include performing arts, film, computer gaming, tenpin bowling, cookery and sports. Support services on a range of issues such as alcohol, pregnancy and sexual health, social skills and healthy eating will also be offered. 

Naseem said: 

“I’m really grateful for this second chance in life. I realise that it could be very difficult for me to get a job due to my circumstances but thanks to Caddick I am being given the opportunity to learn new skills and potentially gain a career in construction.” 

Debbie Watson, Business Development Manager at Caddick Construction said:

“The HUT is a fantastic project for young people in a very deprived area of high youth unemployment and we’re proud to be working on such a landmark project. 

“It’s also very rewarding to support a former young offender, who is already embracing his chance to turn his life around. “Part of our commitment to the YORbuild Framework includes a requirement to provide work placements for young people and adults. Our experience at The HUT will enable us to provide valuable and worthwhile work placements to more people on this and other projects. We’re a relatively small, family-owned construction company and we’re committed to supporting the communities in which we work – and our clients recognise the added value that this ethos delivers.” 

Caddick Construction is part of the Caddick Group and operates across a number of market sectors including food manufacturing, retail, extra care, industrial/ distribution, leisure, commercial and education.