The charity will transform the prison’s Staff Mess into fully functioning restaurants run by prisoners in order for them to gain relevant qualifications, proficiency in the art of service, cooking and business skills, according to Sirieix, who announced the news.
It will operate as both a coffee shop and a full table service restaurant.
The restaurant will be the second Right Course prison operation, following the opening of the first in 2107 in HMP Belmarsh in Thamesmead.
“The aim is to ensure offenders learn the skills and values of hospitality so that upon release they can gain employment thus reducing re-offending (currently about 50%) and helping to solve the skills and staff shortage in the restaurant, “ says Sirieix.
The Right Course was founded by Sirieix to transform staff restaurants in prisons into high street like businesses using existing facilities and equipment. The restaurants are run by prisoners, gaining industry-recognised qualifications and experience.
Upon release the charity works to secure our graduates jobs in the hospitality sector.
A present it is working only with London prisons but the charity hopes to work with prisons across the UK in the future.