The Right Course was devised by Fred Sirieix (pictured) in conjunction with HM Prison Isis, a category C prison for male offenders and DM Thomas Foundation for Young People. The Right Course has been developed in collaboration between a number of key partners working together to provide training, support and employment opportunities for young people.
The Right Course pilot is currently underway at HMP Isis in their staff restaurant, The Quays. A series of showcase dining events at the prison were held in 2016 and 2017 in partnership with top Chefs Chris Galvin, Jose Pizarro and Chris Thompson, to teach young offenders professional skills and demonstrate the potential of The Quays to help them to enter the world of hospitality upon completing their prison term.
The Right Course is governed by the values of top service and the programme seeks to instil these values and inspire those young people taking the course to reach excellent levels of restaurant service delivery so that they can achieve meaningful employment in the hospitality industry on their release.
Fred Sirieix said: “It is hoped and planned for that this effort will be part of and the start of a wider national initiative called The Right Course to teach prisoners about service and cooking within prisons so that they can join our industry upon release and become true experts and role models. The aim is to educate and teach the offenders the necessary professional foundations, key life skills and personal values that will allow them to secure a job and return home to lead a productive and law-abiding life as well as contribute to a thriving and professional industry, where it is evident that there is a staff and skills shortage”.
Grahame Hawkings, former Governor of HMP/YOI Isis, said: “For us to be successful, we need the help of employers to employ people as they are released from prison. Many of them have excellent skills and have the capacity to be productive employees, and we are all grateful for the support that Fred is providing”.
Here Fred discusses The Right Course, the inspiration behind founding it, and how he hopes it will develop: