SCOTLAND — A new cleaning company, launched by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill, will aim to give former offenders a second chance, according to Fife Today.
Charity Apex Scotland has been working with ex-offenders and at-risk youths for the last 25 years and has now setup a social enterprise business, All Cleaned Up, which provides industrial cleaning and waste disposal services, the article stated.
According to the article, the new venture aims to recruit those leaving prison with the relevant qualifications, but will also provide training for those who might not be as qualified.
The program will also offer places for criminals who have been mandated to complete a community payback order to fulfill those hours, the article noted.
"All Cleaned Up is a great initiative and I am delighted to see it up and running. Here in Edinburgh, it is offering real opportunities for ex-offenders to gain accredited qualifications and valuable work experience while making a positive contribution to the environment in their communities at the same time," said MacAskill.
"We want to see low-level offenders out paying back communities, and we should be using them as a resource to make improvements to local communities as payback for the damage they have done. We want to see more of this type of work being replicated right across Scotland," MacAskill added.
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