19 January 2023

In 2022, Clifford Devlin commenced a planned series of prison visits across the South East of England, co-ordinated with New Futures Network, with a view to establishing stable work opportunities for persons due to be released from custody. In order to provide the best prospects for inmates, Clifford Devlin have joined with a number of partners (Number 8 Group and the Asbestos Removal Contractors Association – ARCA), to provide pre-release training programmes for suitable and willing candidates.

We work closely with resettlement and employment teams at local male and female prisons, to reach our goals of reducing re-offending and helping to give people a second chance.
We currently have returning citizens working on our Wates Group project in central London who are being mentored by our team while completing demolition apprenticeships. Like us, Wates are delivering social value, as it is intrinsic to the purpose and goals of being a progressive and responsible employer.

Catherine Holland MICRS, Community Investment Manager for Wates explained “At Wates, it’s really important that our projects help to deliver a lasting positive legacy and demonstrate that business can be a force for good. Encouraging our sites to provide employment for those people furthest from the workforce is one way that we can challenge inequality and the support of our supply chain, such as Clifford Devlin, is imperative to fulfilling this aim. With the construction industry facing a huge skills shortage over the next few years it’s important that we don’t overlook any individuals who have the attitude to succeed and want to make a positive contribution.‘’