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MACS Plasterboards have announced additional training days at HMP Highpoint in Suffolk that will extend the MACS on-site training initiative through the end of this year.

MACS staged a two-day training module early in October, and other modules are now scheduled for November and December.

Launched in 2016, the MACS Plasterboards-inspired programme offers prisoners an opportunity to gain basic skills in drylining and plastering and to experience work conditions which closely replicate those found on commercial sites.

Training modules are taught by MACS Plasterboards instructors and conducted within the Highpoint medium-prison walls. The modules are designed to accommodate eight inmates; each of whom are equipped with tools and materials donated by industry suppliers Gibbs & Dandy, Saint Gobain and British Gypsum.

Inmates learn basic drylining and plastering skills that are requirements to work commercially on job sites. They also are given advice and support that will enable them to leave prison with CSCS cards; a benefit that means that upon release from prison they are “job-ready” to be employed immediately upon release from incarceration.

MACS Plasterboard also provide support and guidance in assisting prisoners in finding work once they leave prison – and in fact MACS currently have four ex-offenders currently working on a number of MACS projects.

“MACS Plasterboards has a proud history of seeking ways to help those in our community who are most at need”, explains MACS Chief Executive Officer Tom McLoughlin. “Certainly our work at HMP Highpoint satisfies the criteria our company has set for our corporate sustainability platform”.

“Our industry has an acute shortage of skilled labour”, admits McLoughlin, “and we are looking for new talent in many places. We already have hired a number of former Highpoint inmates who have transformed their lives to become productive members of our industry and society. If they leave prison with skills and hope, then there is an excellent chance that they won’t return.”