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RMF Training Celebration Event

RMF Construction Training Academy has achieved significant success & have trained and/or employed over 700 offenders all having a positive impact on reducing reoffending.

To celebrate this success and achievement RMF hosted an open day on Friday 25th October to showcase the new construction training site to stakeholders.

The event attendees included representatives from Danny Sullivan, Solihull College, Reconomy and Infra Skills to name but a few.

After welcoming all visitors to Houndsfield Lane it was time for Darryl’s introduction speech which led nicely into Dara’s passionate presentation which covered RMF’s training and employment opportunities through RMF Fresh Start.

Dara also explored the importance of partnerships and highlighted ‘the part we all play’ in making the Fresh Start project a success and reducing re-offending rates from 30% down to 3%.

After the motivational presentation it was time for visitors to head up to see the training in action and so it was out of the classroom and up to the training site where the visitors were split into two groups.

Each group was provided with a tour around the training site where RMF candidates were receiving training which demonstrated to current and potential employers the high level of practical training available including operating Dumpers, Rollers and the Articulated Dumper Truck.

As well as this each group was shown how the vast space on the training site allows for bespoke training courses that matches client requirements.

After the tours all visitors headed back into the classroom for refreshments and networking opportunities.

It was refreshing to see prison staff and RMF candidates being able to talk directly to employers and wider stakeholders which removed the usual barrier that can exist between these groups.

It was also great to see those who have an impact on the training site, such as Lynch Plant Hire and Flannery Plant Hire, who both provide machinery for each trainee to complete their training and assessments on.

The Celebration & Awareness event then came to a close with each visitor receiving a goody bag full of RMF resources and an information pack outlining the training and employment available.

Feedback received after the event has been positive with attendees stating the following:

  1. Presentation was informative and engaging
  2. Day flowed well, relaxed atmosphere with plenty of opportunity to meet others
  3. Seeing the site gave visitors a better knowledge of where candidates were sent to train
  4. Engagement of employers to training provision offer, felt real.

If you would like to arrange a visit to the site please email Darryl Jones at 

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