WHAT WE DO
As a community interest company, we provide Commercial and Residential, Fencing, Landscaping and Tree-Surgery, to the highest level, but as we also serve the community by supporting young ex-offenders, those at risk of offending, those with learning challenges, long term unemployed, homeless, with poor mental health ad those with low skills.
We do this through our Apprenticeship or our 8-week paid Training and Work Placement Program.
With over 30 years experience in the trade and over 2 years working with offenders via the church prison ministry at Rochester Prison ; the Founder and Director Simon Gadd was led to create opportunities for ex-offenders by giving them training, employment, housing support and mentoring support through a 3-year apprenticeship with Trinity Fencing CIC . The 2- 3 apprenticeship covers the three areas of the trade (Fencing, Landscaping, and Tree Surgery) within which apprentices carry out commercial contracts under the mentorship and guidance of the Director, Simon Gadd and the team (all AQA Mentoring level 3 qualified).
During this time, our aim is to help them with accommodation (where possible); initially helping to pay for their rent for up to 6 -months, during the early stages of the apprenticeship. We also help them to secure longer-term, more suitable accommodation f, so that they do not have to worry about the burden of a roof over their heads whilst sorting out their accompanying social security. According to a White Paper by the Ministry of Justice: Transforming Rehabilitation; Unemployment and Homelessness are the two main reasons why young people re-offend. Trinity Fencing aims to tackle these two great hurdles whilst providing training, mentoring and external professional counselling, or third-party agency help where necessary.
Founder and Director of Trinity Fencing CIC
The academic side of the apprenticeship is fulfilled through FaCT: (Fencing and Construction Training), so that at the end of their apprenticeship, they will receive up to 20 certificates, 2 licenses and 2 qualifications (Maths and English). Also trainees pass their Green CSCS card through JB Training and Lighthouse Safety.
At the end of the apprenticeship, apprentices are employed full-time by us and the hope is that they want to work towards becoming a Supervisor, and help train and mentor other new ex-offender trainees. We then progress them through AQA accredited mentoring training for this. Our hope is that they continue to progress to Manager status, and eventually lead teams as the CIC grows bigger organically.
8-week Paid Training and Work Placement Program
The Impact of COVID-19 on young people has been significant; with more cases of Mental Health than ever before. The lockdown not only took young people’s ability to earn away; but to survive, socialise and plan for the future. Those with low skills, no qualifications, in long term unemployment, and in poverty were met with a brick wall and their lives were on stand still whilst the rest of the world ground to a halt.
So, in the midst of the lockdown of 2020, we created a 8-week paid work and training placement program, open to not just young offenders, but equally to those with learning challenges, long-term unemployed, homeless, in poverty, with past addiction issues and with low skill sets and very little education.
We work with local prisons and probation services, the Department of Work and Pensions, The Violence Reduction Unit, Swale and Medway Borough Councils as well and Kent County Council.
To contact us about either the apprenticeship or the 8- week Paid Training and Work Placement program, please contact us on [email protected] or call 01795385070