Recycling Lives helps people to achieve

Recycling Lives’ training department has welcomed the latest intake of participants from the Achieve North West project which is delivered in conjunction with Lancashire Probation Trust. The project is jointly funded by NOMS Co-financing and the European Social Fund and is aimed at providing ex-offenders with opportunities to gain employment and training opportunities which will lead to reduced levels of re-offending..

The nine new starters successfully completed a two-day Preparation for Employment (P4E) course last month and have now moved on to a 15-week work programme, which aims to give them the skills, confidence and experience they need to get back into the world of work.

The programme has kicked off at full pace, with project participants undertaking Health and Safety briefings, induction training and enrollment on to an NVQ Level Two in Sustainable Recycling Activities. The course, which includes units such as ‘Promoting sustainability and environmental good practice in the recycling industry’ and ‘Operating specialist plant and equipment for the processing of recyclables and other materials’, will enhance participants’ CVs and highlight their skills to prospective future employers in the recycling and waste management industry.

While the last week has seen the new starters completing the ‘paperwork’ for their courses, they will soon be out and about in Recycling Lives’ newly revamped training area, learning the practical skills that they’ll need for a safe and successful career in the recycling sector.

This is the second intake of participants from theAchieve project in Lancashire and the first time that the successful Achieve referrals have participated in the new programme layout, which includes increased lead-in time in order to allow for better programme preparation. Staff in the training department will, as ever, be keeping a close eye on participants to ensure that they get the best possible support.

Recycling Lives and the Achieve North West programme have a long history of helping offenders and other disadvantaged individuals to get back into work – often when no one else seems willing to give them another chance. Partnerships like these are vital in rebuilding our economy, reducing unemployment and lowering the rate of re-offending.

Sidonie Richardson, HR and Training at Recycling Lives’ training department said:

“It’s been great to welcome another cohort of participants from the Achieve project. With our newly improved programme layout and training area, we offer participants the chance to get the most from both the theory and practical sides of their training with us.

“We have ambitious aims for NVQ and competence-based training over the next couple of years as we understand how vital practical skills and background knowledge are for a career in the waste management and recycling industry. We wish all of the new Achieve project participants the best of luck in their training and look forward to observing their progress over the coming weeks.”

To find out more about Recycling Lives’ participation in the NOMS CFO Achieve North West project, email Sidonie Richardson or call the training team on 01772 654 321.