The Making Ground programme offers serving prisoners and prison leavers different routes into Kier and the wider industry. We want to find and develop people who are passionate about a career in construction, and working with prisons is a great way for us to find people that are looking for an opportunity.
The programme includes careers in custody conferences and release on temporary licence (ROTL) placements, alongside temporary and permanent employment. People who come to Kier through Making Ground may find themselves on one of our apprenticeships, which support those who are new to the industry and building their skills.
"I first met the Kier team when they hosted a careers in custody conference at the prison where I was serving my sentence.
I spoke to them about my skills and experience, and although there wasn’t a suitable role for me then, the team looked at other routes. Six weeks later, they contacted me about a role in corporate functions. I had a telephone interview and was offered a six-month fixed-term contract.
Kier has supported me while I’m on the ROTL (Release on temporary licence) programme and I’ve been able to speak to them about any issues I have. The team put a lot of effort into finding a suitable space for me to work in and was understanding of the fact that I had to test routes and make sure I was able to reach the office on public transport, providing me with a few base locations to pick from. Kier even offered to fund my travel for me when my pay was delayed by the prison.
It’s been a really positive experience so far. There are loads of benefits to working in the community while being in custody, and I’ve really appreciated being able to have a head start at rebuilding my life and being at more of an advantage by being able to save to buy a car when I’m released as opposed to struggling with transport while trying to find employment.
I’m hoping to secure permanent employment with Kier. Even if I’m not successful in securing employment with Kier, being able to have an interview and work while in custody has given me a lot more confidence in myself and reminded me of the person I was before I entered custody.
A big part of my success in this role is down to the people I work with; how supportive they are and knowing that they don’t judge me. This experience is helping me prepare for life after prison."
Making Ground participant