Work placement boosts job propects of Leicestershire ex-offender

Posted by pt91 at Apr 12, 2016 09:34 AM |
Construction firm Stepnell provides work opportunity on refurbishment project for University of Leicester
Work placement boosts job propects of Leicestershire ex-offender

L-R: Richard Wood and Luke Herald.

Issued by Stepnell in March 2016

Local construction firm Stepnell has helped boost the employment prospects of an ex-offender from Hinckley by providing him with a two-week work placement on a project in Leicester.

Luke Herald, 29, has successfully completed the placement with Stepnell on a scheme which the company is undertaking in the city. Stepnell is carrying out a £1.1 million programme of refurbishment at the University of Leicester’s Robert Kilpatrick Clinical Sciences Building, transforming the ground floor and part of the first floor of the building into practical examination and teaching space for the University of Leicester’s Department of Medical Education which is located at the Leicester Royal Infirmary site.

Stepnell provided the work opportunity in partnership with local business charity Leicestershire Cares. Luke completed the placement through the Leicestershire Cares Wire (Working In Rehabilitation and Employment) Project which places carefully selected ex-offenders with local employers.

Luke worked alongside the Stepnell team, helping with snagging works and learning more about the different aspects of the project, supported by Leicestershire Cares and trained volunteers from Stepnell. He hopes to build on the experience to gain work in the construction sector.

Over the past three years, Stepnell and Leicestershire Cares have organised a number of placements for local people giving them the opportunity to gain work experience and a job reference they can use to help find permanent employment. All participants must meet stringent criteria to be considered for the scheme.

Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “The Wire Project has a proven record of reducing re-offending, gives disadvantaged people a fresh chance and helps them move into employment. We’re pleased to have been able to give Luke this opportunity to improve his job prospects. He has an excellent attitude, performing well during his placement, and we wish him every success for the future.”


Photo: Stepnell site manager Richard Wood, on left, with Luke Herald during his work placement.

Notes to Editor: Stepnell Ltd is a family-owned full service construction and civil engineering business which has been trading since the 1870s. With its head office in Rugby, Warwickshire, and regional offices in Kidderminster, Worcestershire; Grantham, Lincolnshire; Nottingham, Nottinghamshire; Wantage, Oxfordshire, and Poole, Dorset, the company works across the education, health, residential, industrial, commercial, retail, crematoria, defence, security and emergency services sectors. Stepnell Ltd is part of the Stepnell group of companies.

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