Apprentice scheme will find event jobs for ex-offenders

A new apprenticeship scheme will help ex-offenders find work in the event industry.

Media for Development, a not for profit organisation based in East London, is funding the plan to the tune of £150,000.

The funding has been made available through a grant from the Monument Trust, part of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts which funds projects in criminal justice, including prisoners’ resettlement and alternatives to custody and homelessness.

The initiative was launched by Mark Riches, managing director of event marketing firm First Protocol at the offices of London & Partners, the official promotion arm of the capital.

Mr Riches said the proposals put forward at the meeting will be presented to Government in August.

James Greenshields, chair at Media for Development, said: “We are covering the costs so the scheme can be developed. The apprenticeship scheme will give opportunities for ex-offenders to work in the events industry.

“We run lots of programmes and this is one way of giving ex-offenders new skills. It is a route into employment. We will also be informing employers about the challenges and benefits of employing ex offenders.

“The scheme is not solely for ex-offenders but there will be opportunities for them across the board.”

Mr Greenshields said he expected the scheme to be up and running in the next 12 months.

Mark Riches said: “I am happy to employ ex-offenders at First Protocol. They come in all shapes and sizes not just hardened criminals.

“I am doing this because we want to broaden the pipeline of entrants to the industry, so it is not just university graduates or people from private courses. It is also the right thing to do. The industry should be standing up on this issue, so we are.”

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