The Skill Mill are social enterprise providing employment for young ex–offenders in watercourse and horticulture services.
The stigma attached to having a criminal record and lack of previous opportunity creates enormous barriers for young people. Those who have committed offences are often unable to access education, training or employment opportunities which are vital to helping them move forward with their lives.
The Skill Mill secured £1m of investment to roll-out The Skill Mill programme across 7 regions with £100,000 of that coming from the Resonance West Midlands SITR Fund. The outcomes-based contract, also known as a Social Impact Bond (SIB) is for The Skill Mill to deliver work readiness training gained through employment. The programme will help young people gain confidence and skills to help them secure long-term employment.
The Skill Mill supports people with offending backgrounds into long-term employment. This type of intervention work is well-proven, with successful outcomes across 5 regions to date. 88% of young people do not re-offend, following the completion of a 6-month employment and training programme with The Skill Mill.