Royal recognition for Toolkit for Life

Recognising the work of the Trust and our commercial partners in the “Toolkit for Life” project was the order of the day during HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO’s visit to the Enterprise offices, Staffordshire and HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on Tuesday 10 November.

The Toolkit for Life programme has been developed by the Construction Youth Trust  in order to secure work placements and employment in the construction sector for offenders up to the age of 30 who have served a custodial sentence and are seeking to use their skills and talents to gain employment and avoid a cycle of re-offending. Employment is recognised as one of the seven pathways out of offending and is a key factor in turning away from criminal behaviour and re-joining society as a law abiding citizen.

His Royal Highness first visited the Enterprise offices in Staffordshire where he met with Enterprise staff and graduates of the Enterprise Utilities apprentice scheme. His Royal Highness also heard about the work the Trust carries out with Enterprise Plc on the Toolkit for Life project.

The second leg of the visit was to HMP Sudbury to view the work undertaken in the prison by the Construction Youth Trust in the Toolkit for Life project.  Escorted by the Chairman of the Trust, Rod Bennion, and the Deputy Governor of HMP Sudbury, Joanne Broadbent, His Royal Highness met with a number of companies and organisations who play a key part in helping young offenders to obtain the skills, confidence and personal support networks to enable them to lead fulfilled and successful lives, and to make the transition from prison to employment.

The Duke met and spoke with 10 offenders who had progressed through the Toolkit for Life program of workshops and employability training.  Later in the afternoon the offenders were interviewed by four construction industry partners with the intention of securing an employment opportunity when they are released and seven offenders were provisionally offered work placements.

Christine Townley, Director of the Trust commented “Without the continuing support of our partner organisations, such as Enterprise, we would be unable to help these young people on their journey to work.

Beverley Greaves, Co-ordinator of the Toolkit for Life project added “We welcome any other companies who would like to take part or find out more about this vital project”.

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Notes to editors:

1. In the Toolkit for Life project the Construction Youth Trust works with HM Prisons to support young offenders into construction training and employment. We achieve this by;

 helping young offenders to obtain the skills, confidence and personal support networks to enable them to lead fulfilled and successful lives, and to make the transition from prison to employment.

 providing employability training and careers advice and guidance

 engaging with construction industry partners and training providers and arrange meetings and events that bring them together with the young offenders to explore opportunities in the industry

 encouraging the development of stable family and other social networks

2. The Construction Youth Trust achieves its goals by undertaking a number of programmes ranging from individual bursaries to construction skills courses, and from work placement schemes to guidance sessions. By helping individuals to gain training & employment the Trust's work effectively tackles social exclusion and related disadvantage. 

3. HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO is the Patron of the Construction Youth Trust. As a qualified architect, His Royal Highness takes a keen interest in the work of the Trust and frequently visits Trust projects.

4. Enterprise works at the heart of communities, improving services and maintaining essential infrastructure. As a company they are committed to working closely with the communities in which they operate to maximise their positive impact and ensure sustainable development. Contact Rachel Jones, Head of Communications, Utilities Division at rachel.jones@enterprise.plc.uk . 5. Caption for press release photo: HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO meets graduates of the Enterprise Utilities apprentice programme.