Criminals could become bosses at Longford Prison Service headquarters

Criminals could put their culinary skills to the test by being part of a new catering team at the Irish Prison Service (IPS) headquarters in the town of Longford.

The organization is looking for an independent social enterprise to run the catering services and who will also train and / or employ people with criminal convictions.

The IPS conducts a market sounding exercise to determine the level of interest and engagement of the appropriate operators.
Prison officials say the program is in line with the organization’s overall mission statement to provide rehabilitation to prisoners and the Ministry of Justice’s social enterprise and employment strategy. for change.

It is envisioned that an independent operator will run the Prison Service canteen at its main offices on the outskirts of Longford town and hire already convicted people who have struggled to find employment due to their criminal past.

In order to attract potential operators, the prison service decided to provide the canteen and fully equipped commercial kitchen free of charge to the selected operator.

The operator, subject to consultation with Irish Prison Service bosses, will also be allowed to use the kitchen to host external events to compensate for the limited attendance at the facility.

In a statement, the Irish Prison Service said the aim of the initiative was multi-faceted.

“The objective of this market sounding exercise is to gain a clear understanding of the level of interest in the canteen / commercial kitchen to meet the catering requirements of Irish Prison Service staff while creating a mechanism to provide a employment to people removed from the labor market and to obtain feedback on the proposal.

If you would like to propose your name for selection / express your interest, please email the following details to [email protected] or [email protected] by the close of business on Friday November 26, 2021.

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