A former learner has thanked Novus after a new scheme at HMP Send with highways service provider CVU got her back into work when she was released.
‘Ciara’ has become a valued member of the Highways and Maintenance team after being given a three-month contract. Bev Giannoni, Employment Broker at Novus, and Heather Isadore, CVU’s Training and Equalities Manager, brought the project together. It offers ex-offenders a paid work trial for up to three months.
CVU employees from all departments visited the Education department to assess potential candidates. Novus identified Ciara as one of the learners who was motivated and job ready. The CVU team interviewed her to assess her suitability for all their business needs – from street works and horticulture to business administration – and decided she was a suitable candidate.
Ciara said: “Bev and the team from CVU came to see me in prison with job opportunities in administration and horticulture. Having studied and gained qualifications in Horticulture I jumped at the chance as this was great for my self-esteem and confidence for the future.
“The interview process was extremely positive and I was supported with the paperwork throughout. I was working at CVU three weeks after my release and they were supportive with the time I needed to sort out personal circumstances. Bev helped me by contacting my probation officer in advance to discuss my job prospects. Novus and CVU have given me the opportunity and confidence to succeed in my new life.”
‘Going back to work was quite scary, but I knew I was supported every step of the way. I already feel like my life is back on track’