Seko Logistics joins employment scheme for former offenders

By Damian Brett

James Gagney, Seko Logistics. Source: Seko Logistics

Seko Logistics is partnering with retail services client Buyer Connected (BCI) to launch a new logistics training programme to create employment opportunities for previously incarcerated men and women in Atlanta, Georgia.

As part of the not-for-profit City of Refuge initiative, the programme aims to support individuals and families in one of US’s most struggling neighborhoods.

Starting in January 2022, the new logistics training programme will help recently released, non-violent offenders to re-enter the workplace and begin successful careers.

BCI and Seko Logistics will provide training support for nearly 250 formerly incarcerated individuals who are transitioning from prison to the community.

The two-week training programme will host groups of up to 20 people per month and equip participants with the necessary skills to fulfill roles in the ever-growing logistics industry.

Training for warehouse management, along with forklift and health and safety certification, all form part of the new programme.

“Since 2019, nearly 600 individuals have been placed in stable employment through this program (City of Refuge) and we know that Buyer Connected and our partner Seko Logistics can make a positive contribution to help more people,” said Rob Keuten, chief executive of Buyer Connected.

James Gagne, Seko president and chief executive, added: “Seko may be the first partner for this new training, but we encourage all logistics companies, partners and clients to participate, not only to address the labor shortages, but also to create more inclusive hiring and training practices.”

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