A ‘Graduate’ is a Trainee who has finished their placement at LandWorks and is living in the community. Research shows that stopping offending can be a long and uneven journey; therefore, LandWorks stresses the importance of remaining in contact with trainees after placement by providing on-going tapered resettlement support. This is tailored to individual needs and includes help with housing, mental health, employment, and finaces, as well as being a listening ear.
LandWorks now employs three of our own ‘graduates’ – Graham leading in the Woodworking Team, training others; Mikey, our chef; and Sam, our part-time Market Garden Assistant. As well as offering invaluable insight to project development, their knowledge of the criminal justice system and the challenges facing our beneficiary group filters into the day-to-day running of LandWorks.
We are very proud to have maintained an employment rate of over 90% for our graduates, and a reoffending rate of less than 6% against a national average of 46%. Our excellent statistics speak for themselves but we view real success as former trainees getting married, starting a family, and generally leading settled, contributing lives in their communities.