Highway Traffic Management has partnered with the multi-award-winning social enterprise that provides employment opportunities for young people aged between sixteen and eighteen who have criminal convictions.

HTM will provide opportunities to young people via The Skill Mill, where they will visit HTM depots to
complete various jobs such as weeding, sweeping, repairing barriers and cones, making sandbags, and other depot-related tasks.

The Skill Mill, established in 2013, only employs ex-offenders, actively reducing reoffending while increasing engagement, participation, employability, and educational levels of the young people to increase their life chances. The Skill Mill is supported by an Advisory Board of representatives from the public, private, and voluntary sectors and sees children undertake accredited training and achieve a nationally recognised qualification.

Each cohort that works with The Skill Mill receives six months of paid employment alongside invaluable, practical, real-world work experiences, all whilst building their work skills, knowledge, and most importantly their confidence.

The Skill Mill’s unique approach, combining environmental conservation and employment opportunities, has proven successful in various regions. The collaboration with Highway Traffic Management will further enhance the scale and effectiveness of these programs.

In 10 years, The Skill Mill has employed 450 young people in the UK. Just 33 of those have been re-convicted. The collaboration with Highway Traffic Management will further enhance the scale and effectiveness of these programs.

“As a business that already works with associations that support people with a criminal record back into employment, we understand the value that these opportunities can provide for individuals who have a criminal conviction, and the value added to the business by tapping into this pool of talent.” said HR Manager, Lucinda Sturman.

Business Director, Marcus Casey, added: “As a business, we have our own success stories of those with previous convictions who have worked with us, applied themselves, and progressed within the business, so to be able to provide similar opportunities for youth offenders is something we’re proud to support. We can make a difference in the lives of young people while contributing to improving our communities at the same time.”

Roland O’Neil, Supervisor for The Skill Mill Birmingham, said “We’re looking forward to starting our partnership with HTM and are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this has upon the young
individuals who are seeking to turn their lives around through meaningful employment and skills development. Together, we can create sustainable employment opportunities and contribute to a safer, more connected society.”

On Friday 8th March, the first cohort from The Skill Mill arrived at HTM’s headquarters to begin
environmental work.

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