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RMF Shortlisted for Tesfe Awards!

RMF Construction Training Academy shortlisted at the TES FE Awards 2019

RMF Construction Training Academy was shortlisted for Training Provider of the Year in the 2019 Tes FE Awards, which recognised the most outstanding organisations and individuals in the Further Education (FE) sector.

The training academy were entered into the awards for their consistent drive, innovation and ambitious work in providing pre-requisite training qualifications to disadvantaged candidates, such as ex-offenders, ex-military and minority groups, with the overarching goal of candidates entering sustainable employment through RMF Fresh Start.

The training academy is a vital function of the RMF Group in its ability to deliver flexible training to match client needs which results in unrivalled training-to-employment outcomes – in this, the Training Academy have trained, qualified and sent over 230 ex-offender candidates into employment.

The team comprises of a range of specialist trainers, engagement officers and managers who possess experience in liaising with prisons and providing training to disadvantaged candidates. RMF trainers now deliver vital training programmes inside an extensive network of 16 HMP Prisons nationwide alongside a growing number of colleges, such as Solihull College and Sandwell & Dudley College, where candidates from long-term unemployed backgrounds or who are recently released from prison can complete courses.

The team’s work is highly regarded by both employers and peers which results in regular visits and tours of our training inside prisons from other education providers and clients who are seeking best practice and wish to employ or train ex-offenders but aren’t quite sure where to start.

Recently, the training academy’s work has been featured on media outlets such as BBC & ITV news as a result of being highlighted by the Police & Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands, David Jamieson, as a trailblazer for the training and employment of ex-offenders which drives the PCC strategy of breaking the cycle of crime with the commissioner commenting; “I want to see 100s of organisations start doing what RMF Construction does already”.

Dara McCarthy, Social Inclusion Manager at RMF stated: “The training academy are a vital function to RMF and provide training to the most hard-to-reach candidates who have a range of extra learning needs but they complete their work with great determination, empathy and success”

“The Academy is also currently building the new RMF Construction Training Academy Centre through education which will be a dedicated centre to deliver both theoretical and practical construction, rail and waste management courses in the future – To be shortlisted for the Tes FE Training Provider of the Year is an amazing accomplishment and provides that extra encouragement to all those involved.”

Tes FE editor Stephen Exley said: “Excellent practice exists right across the further education sector, and those shortlisted for the Tes FE Awards are the cream of the crop. Our judges were extremely impressed with the calibre of entries.

“We had more entries for this year’s categories than ever before, and the standard was higher than ever. To be shortlisted is an extraordinary achievement.”

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