“Bounce Back” Training Program takes released offenders to new heights!

Fri 7 Sep 2018
posted by Arco Professional Safety Services
On September 6th, 2018, the Justice Minister, Rory Stewart OBE MP attended the opening of the Bounce Back training program for jailed offenders. This is established to train inmates close to release in height safety and gives them new opportunities to gain employment with NJC (Not Just Cleaning) on release from prison.

Arco Professional Safety Services have created a small training centre in HMP ISIS, a young offenders institute in East London and have begun training the inmates in height safety.

Gary Wood, Training Manager at Arco Professional Safety Services said: 

“Wayne Smith, Service Director of NJC contacted our Training department in early January 2018. Wayne was looking for someone to help set up a training operation in the prison, in partnership with “Bounce Back”. 

The idea was to train inmates in height safety, ladder use and equipment inspection. This was to be conducted with a view to offering inmates employment as window cleaners on their release from prison with NJC.

After a series of meetings with Wayne and visits to HMP Isis, a height safety training rig was installed by the Fall Protection department, inside the prison’s educational zone.”

Glynn Bibby, a trainer from Arco Professional Safety Services carried out the initial suite of courses on Monday, 3rd of September this year and has received great feedback from not only the staff but also the prisoners undertaking the courses. Glynn stated: 

“it was a very challenging 3 days and took all my skills to keep the group on track”


If you’re interested in any sort of training be it working at height or confined space training, Arco Professional Safety Services have a range of courses to suit most needs. As well as training, we also specialise in services such as Fall Protection installations. For more information please call 01785 850333 or email

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Photography credit: Ministry of Justice Photography

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