The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust have made a three-year commitment worth £6m to fund the roll-out of The Clink Kitchens.
For the first time in custodial services, the sector is driving the training and shaping the work experience for the individuals looking to enter the hospitality industry.
The Clink Charity has been working in partnership with HMPPS for the past 11 years delivering the unique integrated training programme to prisoners on the inside and on release.
In a statement, the Rausings said: “We are pleased to be able to support The Clink Charity as it rolls out its Clink Kitchens programme across so many more prisons.
“The Charity has a built a brilliant track record over the last 11 years providing people with new opportunities and qualifications that can genuinely turn their lives around and in turn reduce reoffending rates.”
Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, said: “Through the generosity of Julia and Hans Rausing and grant-maintaining trusts and philanthropists we are able to roll out The Clink Kitchens project over the next three years to 70 prisons in England and Wales which will enable us to continue to repair society.
“The Clink, in partnership with HMPPS, changes attitudes, transforms lives and creates second chances by training serving prisoners during their sentence and then helping them reintegrate back into society, employment and accommodation upon release. Reoffending remains one of the most pressing challenges facing society today.”
The programme will enable up to 2,000 men and women in prisons to achieve qualifications in hospitality and gain employment upon release, proven to dramatically reduce reoffending.
This new programme will be delivered in the main prison kitchens by Clink Kitchens trainers and assessors who are all hospitality industry professionals.
Headed up by Gregg Brown, director of training and working alongside Jane Sanderson, operations director, the course will be available for prisoners to volunteer for training while working in the prison kitchens preparing and cooking over 80,000 hot meals a day for their fellow prisoners.
The Clink Integrated Rehabilitation Programme (CIRP) is a unique programme which remains with the student at every stage of their training.
From working with students on the inside to meeting graduates at the gate upon release, The Clink Charity ensures each Clink Graduate is supported in the community for a minimum of 12 months.
Over the last month, Clink Kitchens training has started to be delivered at HMP Bristol, HMP Styal, HMP Eastwood Park, HMP Brixton and HMP Downview.
The Clink is actively recruiting chef trainers and support workers over the next three months in order for Clink Kitchens to start training at the next 18 prisons.
This will take the number of Clink Kitchens Training programmes to 24 by the end of 2021. There are another 36 sites being planned for 2022.