Rob joined us in January 2007 as a warehouse operative with ambition to progress within the company.
After applying for several roles, he was given the chance to work on a new back-to-work programme at our Recycling Park, supporting men and women, who were new to work following periods of long-term unemployment, to develop within their job roles. Though this job was quite different from working in a warehouse, Rob developed his capabilities, earned a reputation for excellent interpersonal skills, and soon took on much more responsibility in the team.
He then completed his training qualifications and joined the Training Department, delivering courses in everything from inductions to fork lift truck driving.
Since then, he’s developed his skills further, working as a trainer at our inaugural HMP Academy in Kirkham men’s prison, supporting offenders to develop their life and work skills ahead of release. He later helped to establish our HMP Academy at Lancaster Farms prison before progressing to his current role as a key worker within the Release Potential team, offering Through-the-Gate support to men and women in prison.
Director, Alasdair Jackson said: “Rob’s ease with people made him a great choice to become part of the Release Potential team as the department developed. Since then he's been an incredible influence on many lives and helped people back into independent living. A shining star.”