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    A Salford-based housing association is offering a group of young offenders the chance of a new start. -Paper Family II-

    West Housing Trust has given the 16 and 17 year olds a five day multi skills course to help them begin a career in construction. The course provided introductory training and covered a variety of trades, reports 24dash.

    The scheme is part of a commitment from the housing provider to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour across its neighbourhoods and to prevent young people from re-offending by giving them the chance to work in construction.

    Viv Simon, head of enterprise at City West, said: “This scheme is a prime example of how we are dedicated to helping young people stay away from crime and get back on track. Many young people who are convicted of a crime often fall into a downward spiral of re-offending – but if we can provide them with opportunities for employment then we can help them break out of that cycle.  We’ve worked hard to tackle ASB across our neighbourhoods, but we want to ensure that we are not just dealing with the symptoms. This is why programmes such as the multi-skills course are essential to prevent crime, give young people who have offended the chance to get ahead in life and bring something back to the local economy.”

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    September 01, 2014 by Laura Matthews Categories: Community And Localism

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