A prison catering team training inmates to become cooks has had a win taking out a top NZ hospitality award.  Fresh in the prison kitchen indeed!

The Corrections Inmate Employment (CIE) Canterbury Prisons catering team won the excellence in training workplace prize at the Hospitality Standards Institute Awards.

CIE national manager Brent Maughan said the win was a “huge recognition of the quality of training being offered through Corrections Inmate Employment”.

Prisoners were able to participate inNew Zealand Qualifications Authority-recognised training while in prison, and earned credits towards qualifications to help them gain employment on release.

Research showed that prisoners who found sustainable work on release were less likely to reoffend. The focus of CIE was to provide relevant, quality prisoner employment and training, Mr Maughan said.

” Our staff are dedicated to training prisoners, and having one of our teams win this award is recognition that the hard work we are putting in across all areas of CIE is making a difference,” he said. Hospitality Standards Institute chief executive Steve Hanrahan said he had seen a consistently high standard of training being delivered in prisons.

” Last night’s win for Corrections really illustrates that their training is up there with the best being offered inNew Zealand.”

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