The Skill Mill has employed 225 young ex-offenders to work on environmental projects – and just 17 have reoffended. The national average for reoffending is 72 percent.
When government statisticians talk about young people who are “NEET” (not in education, employment or training) or how they are “furthest from the labour market,” it can be hard to imagine what they mean. But the young people who social enterprise The Skill Mill are helping back into employment are about the furthest away from employment you can get. And yet, the organisation is proving that its innovative approach works.