Boris Johnson wants construction industry to open its arms to ex-cons

Boris Johnson wants construction firms to employ more young people and ex-offenders, to carry out major building work in London.

The Mayor of London is championing the “Get into Construction” programme, which gives young people with a criminal record the chance to take up a trade and break into the construction industry.

The “Get into Construction” programme is a joint venture between the Mayor and the Prince’s Trust and wants to help troubled youngsters turn their life around and stay out of prison, which can save tax payers a reported £50,000 a year.

London is a hotbed for construction activity at the moment, with the 2012 Olympics getting much of the hype, as work is going on at the Olympic Park and the Olympic Stadium. There are also huge projects going on at Kings Cross, Vauxhall Cross, as well as new towers like the Shard and the Cucumber.

The Olympic Delivery Authority, the driving force behind the Olympics in London, provides work placements for up to 60 ex-offenders on the Olympic Park, and help open up permanent opportunities in the construction industry.

Boris Johnson says: “Ex-offenders deserve a second chance to turn their lives around and make an honest living. I’m asking the construction sector to get on board and offer our young people real opportunities on the abundance of exciting construction contracts we have in the capital.”

Construction is a good way to rehabilitate ex-offenders and stop them re-offending in the future, as the figures show that those with job opportunities are 50% less likely to re-offend.

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Posted on March 17, 2011, in 2012 olympics jobs, construction jobs, construction news, Electrical News, electrician jobs, plumbing, plumbing jobs, Plumbing News, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Any full time job that pays a decent wage will help to reduce some times of crime. There is less need to steal for money, and reduced free time will tend to reduce alcohol and drug related problems.

    Construction is the ideal start. Construction training can start off at the most basic labourer level all the way up to highly skilled tradespeople, machine operators and supervisors. Someone with the skill and the motivation can make a very good career with no prior qualifications.

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