Employment program gives prisoners a second chance

Employment program gives prisoners a second chance


I’d like to say basically just a big
thank you you know a big thank you to Serco they have
they enabled me to become the man that I have become. At the end of the day if I didn’t have
Placemakers in my life and if I didn’t have the opportunities that
Serco have provided me with I probably would be back up on the blocks back in trouble again because that’s the nature of who I was. They saw something in me
that I probably didn’t see and they actually they stepped me up,
gave me more responsibility than I thought I, you know, was worth and
through that status I just kept on growing. It’s not just a job, it’s an
accomplishment as well. Once they actually learn that they can
measure a piece of wood and mark it out where it’s supposed to go and see it
completed as a stood up wall yeah it’s just yeah it’s awesome for them to
actually sit back and say I done that. Just the fact that I can teach these
people to have certain skills and to have an opportunity when they get out, because
you know in the mean time when the do leave here jobless, skill-less that’s when we resort back to crime. I feel that the opportunity that this program has you know given me is…
it’s invaluable, there is no way that I would have got this anywhere else. I would have got NZQA credits and other, you know, certificates
but that’s not real world that’s not gonna help me when I get out,
it’s not gonna mean the fact that I’ve got four, five years of experience behind
me and that that’s what is really needed. It’s just having that extra
responsibility, and the fact that I’ve got 32 guys there that depend on me to
turn up, to do the paperwork, to make sure they’ve got work to do, to delegate jobs
to them, it’s priceless to me it’s enabling me to behave to earn my freedom.