Prisoners trained in FSIS
Prisoners at HMP Haverigg, Cumbria, UK, are being offered a new training course in fish and shellfish industry skills (FSIS) by Lakes College.
The training offers prisoners the opportunity to increase their vocational skills and expertise, achieve a nationally recognised qualification and improve their long-term employability prospects on release. The qualification was developed by Seafish in close consultation with employers.
The prisoners already worked in the well-known prison-based smokery. The additional knowledge and skills developed on the course will allow individuals to perform to the highest possible standards.
Alistair Bulloch teaches at the prison two days a week to deliver the FSIS programme. He said: “The programme has been a huge success. The trainees have gone from strength-to-strength and bring a great level of commitment and hard work to the process. The course is giving the prisoners the skills to find worthwhile work after finishing their sentences.”
One of Alistair’s students has recently completed level three of the qualification and has signed up to become the programme’s first fishmongery apprentice.
Dave Everett, head of reducing re-offending at the prison, said “The project ensures prisoners gain the qualifications and work ethic to win and sustain employment on release. By working in the Smokery, prisoners experience a 40-hour week doing real work in a commercial market. They develop their technical skills as well as broader skills in enterprise - this will allow them to exploit their newly acquired skills positively in the future.”