Lighthouse Charity Pioneers Bold Path to Support Ex Offenders

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is pioneering an innovative programme designed to reintegrate prisoners into the workforce and help bridge the longstanding skills gap in the construction sector.

The pilot project at Cardiff Prison embraces the support of the Lighthouse Charity, GLA Group and Central Group to offer specialist skills training, soft skills development, and an exciting pathway into the roofing industry. This initiative promises to not only empower prisoners but also changes the construction industry’s landscape, bringing new found hope and opportunities for all.

Sarah Bolton, Chief Operating Officer of the Lighthouse Charity, articulated the importance of this programme, “In our pursuit to bridge the skills gap within the industry, we’re supporting a fully inclusive environment and engaging with individuals who may never have considered a career in construction before.

Through this holistic partnership, we are able to deliver not just the essential vocational skills, we’re also ensuring easy access to vital soft skills training. Many ex-offenders could face societal prejudice and difficulties finding work. This programme will enhance their employability and empower individuals entering the sector to embark on a sustainable career, with the skills to overcome the daily challenges of life.”

The Lighthouse Charity will be offering a portfolio of self-paced e-learning modules that allow flexible learning and cover a diverse range of wellbeing topics, such as Banter vs Bullying, Resolving Conflict, Managing Stress, and Understanding Anxiety, among others.

The GLA Group, renowned for their expertise in pitched and flat roofing courses, take on the role of mentor, delivering comprehensive training to prisoners with aspirations in the construction industry.