HMPizza is a training programme and Social Enterprise set up with the main aim to offer ex-offenders career and employment opportunities upon release from prison.

The aim is to empower young offenders to break the cycle of re-offending by offering them a viable alternative.  

The programme is designed for 15-25 year-olds who are already in prison or have recently been released. Training in food hygiene and pizza making will take place within the confines of the prison. Upon release, there will be an opportunity for prisoners to engage in meaningful employment within our very own external commercial Pizza Enterprise. Initially, the training programmes will be offered to prisoners.

HMPizza aims to become a self-sufficient enterprise, all participants will take part with zero costs to them. Any jobs created as a result of participant engagement will be paid at the National Living Wage.

How can I get involved?

All participants will initially be engaged within the prison confines, engagement will take place at Doncaster YOI & HMP and Wetherby YOI. All external work will take place at our central Sheffield base which is easily commutable for people from throughout the South Yorkshire region. If you're interested in getting involved in the project, please email Cleo at [email protected].

So far...

The project is still in its very early stage, but Cleo Metcalf, Business Development Manager at Element Society has this to say about it:

Element Society are passionate about working with the most marginalised young people, offering viable opportunities for them to become more active citizens. Our HMPizza training and enterprise is just another example of this and something which the team and I are extremely excited about. We want to work with young people who are furthest from the labour market and engaged in unlawful activities, offering  them a safe, sustainable and meaningful way out.