Training kitchen planned for women's jail

The first woman’s prison to get its own working restaurant and kitchen is set to open in 2015.

HMP Styal in Cheshire has been selected as the location for the training facility, which will open to the public.

The venture will be run by the Prison Service and The Clink Charity, which has already overseen the launch of three Clink restaurants at HMP High Down, Cardiff and Brixton.

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At HMP Styal, women prisoners working in The Clink will gain food preparation, foodservice and cleaning City and Guilds NVQ qualifications, as well as experience within an operational business.

Chris Moore, chief executive of The Clink Charity, said that opening the restaurant would help to reduce reoffending rates and contribute to bridging the skills gap in the hospitality industry.

“We’ve seen such positive results from the projects currently in action and with the concept being expanded across the prison estate, we hope to continue seeing a decrease in reoffending rates with support from businesses and the public.”

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