The crime cutting prison scheme, Clink Kitchens, is to be rolled out at a further 25 prisons across the country by the end of the year.
Announced by Prisons Minister Alex Chalk, the programme, which trains prisoners in professionally-run kitchens for up to 35 hours a week, will be introduced at 25 prisons in England and Wales by the close of 2021 as part of a wider three-year plan.
In total The Clink Kitchens project will expand to 70 prisons by 2024.
Already running at eight prisons including HMPs Bristol, Downview, and Styal, The Clink has already helped over 2,500 offenders into stable jobs since launching just over a decade ago through their training initiatives, with the expansion announced today expected to support a further 2,000 prisoners into employment.
In 2019, The Clink trained up over 440 prisoners – a total of 330,000 training hours – with over 280 employers across the country taking on Clink graduates upon release from prison.
The Clink chief executive, Christopher Moore, said: “The roll-out of The Clink Kitchens project over the next three years to 70 prisons in England and Wales, will enable us to continue to repair society and support the hospitality industry that has a major skills shortage.
“Social mobility is at the heart of many companies’ recruitment agenda and employing a highly trained Clink graduate not only is a benefit to their business but increases the diversity of their workforce.”