​Long Bay industries making inmates work ready 

Published date 26 April 2018

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Long Bay Correctional Centre industries will generate $11.3 million this financial year, as inmates gain skills, apprenticeships and traineeships for transition into the workforce. 

The Metropolitan Special Programs Centre houses more than 1,000 maximum and minimum-security inmates, with 60 per cent gainfully employed in the bakery, laundry, textiles, technology, grocery warehouse and food services.
Long Bay’s Corrective Services Industries Operations Manager Steve McMahon and his team of 30 industry staff supervise a large labour force of more than 600 inmate employees.

“CSI employs around two-thirds of the centre’s population in its commercial business units or service industries, with inmates gaining qualifications and practical experience to make them more competitive in the job market,” Mr McMahon said. 

“The units produce excellent results. They generate profit, help the centre to be more self-sufficient, assist inmates to improve their future job prospects and support NSW by delivering skilled tradespeople to the community.” 

Inmates have the opportunity to complete apprenticeships including Certificate III in Printing Graphic Arts and Retail Baking or traineeships including Certificate III in Warehousing, Laundry Operations, Food Processing and Business Administration. 

Long Bay Governor Pat Aboud said around five inmates per month complete apprenticeships, traineeships or other work-related formal training. 

“Inmates can also complete a number of short courses related to their industry employment including Forklift Driver Training, Test and Tag, First Aid, as well as abridged versions of apprenticeships or traineeships if they are serving short sentences,” Mr Aboud said. 

“CSI provide products and services internally and to government and private industry. Inmates are expected to deliver a high calibre of work to quality accredited standards, so they are well-equipped to hit the ground running in post-release employment.

“Long Bay’s industries aims to reduce reoffending and ensure inmates leave custody more likely to gain and retain employment than ever before.”

Feeding inmates across the state:
  • Every week: Inmates package 24 tonnes of groceries or about 600 trolleys. 
  • Every month: the bakery produces 116,000 loaves of bread or 23 truckloads. 
  • This financial year: Inmates have shipped 652,999 cans of soft drink.
CSI is the commercial arm of CSNSW, operating over 100 commercial business units and service industries with any profits generated going back into prison operations.