Trinity Fencing and Landscaping CIC are, at first glance, your average fencing company. But if you delve a little deeper, the extraordinary nature of the organisation becomes crystal clear. They have been running a programme ‘Employing the Unemployable’ working with ex-offenders for the past 2 years. The programme provides opportunities for ex-offenders by securing an employment placement and a subsequent apprenticeship with FaCT. Simon Gadd, the director of Trinity Fencing CIC formed the programme after working with prisoners in Rochester Prison.
The 3 year project begins with the candidate starting an employment with Trinity Fencing CIC and then being enrolled by FaCT onto our apprenticeship programme. However, Simon and the team do not stop here. They recognise that employment and accommodation are two barriers to re-integration into society and reasons for re-offending. Ex-offenders are often left homeless with no fixed address. So the job hurdle is sorted. Next, Trinity Fencing CIC turn their attention to housing. During the early stages of the apprenticeship Trinity Fencing CIC help source and pay for housing for the apprentice. In addition, they mentor and guide each trainee, offering counselling where necessary in the hopes of giving them a new purpose. This helps the trainee maintain a stable home and work life.
FaCT are a partner in the training delivery of this programme. FaCT provide the academic and qualification delivery of the scheme. Which affords the apprentice with around 20 certificates. Furthermore, they gain 2 licences and 2 qualifications. We have seen first-hand what a difference Trinity Fencing CIC are making and will continue to work with and support them in their project. Finally, we’d just like to say well done to Simon and the team. Long may your great work continue!