Inmates become engineers

by admin on July 14th, 2018

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A group of minimum security inmates at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre will begin a TAFE supported engineering traineeship this month.
Nanjing Night Net

SKILLS: Kirkconnell Correctional Services Industries boss Anthony Tait (centre) with other engineering overseers. 093016kirk1

Kirkconnell,near Bathurst, is home to 240 inmates. The minimum security facility reopenedin July 2015.

The 12 month Certificate II in Engineeringwill help provide the carefully selected inmateswith a formal qualificationto make them job ready upon their release.

Inmates working the plasma cutter at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre. Photos: CORRECTIVE SERVICES NSW 093016kirk2

Kirkconnell’s Corrective Services Industries boss Anthony Tait said it was important to provide practical opportunities and trade skills for inmates.

“The first aim of our new engineering workshop is to provide a place where component products can be manufactured for correctional centres across the state,” Mr Tait said.

“The second aim is to provide an opportunity for inmates to learn new skills and gain qualifications that will improve their chances of being employed and make their integration back into the community more positive.

An inmate working the welder at Kirkconnell Correctional Centre. 093016kirk3

“This is a terrific opportunity for the 15 participants who were selected from more than 20 applicants.”

The Corrective Services Industries engineering workshop was established in November 2015 after inmates cleaned and transformed the centre’s former wood workshop.

The workshop employs 60 inmates who use trade machinery, including a mandrel bender, plasma cutter, bake press and welding tools, to build modular components, bunk beds and outdoor furniture sets for state prisons.

The workshop also has a sandblaster, spray booth and welding bay that is used to restore charity clothing bins for The Smith Family at the rate of about 30 per cent each month and they have also started manufacturing new clothing bins and vehicle trailers.

The workshop hada turnover of $400,000 between January and June this year, due to its contracts with the charity, Corrective Services NSW and private clients.

The workshop also employs a further 20 inmates in its small motor section, which services and maintains correctional centre lawnmowers, whipper-snippers, trimmers and other landscaping tools.

Planning is underway to expand this service to other correctional services and community correctional officers.

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