Ei Group has embarked on a corporate partnership with charity The Clink, as part of efforts to strengthen the work it does around social responsibility.

The Clink, aims to reduce reoffending by training prisoners for employment in hospitality upon their release by offering them the chance to gain their Level 2 NVQs in Food Service, Food Preparation, Food Hygiene and Horticulture.

The partnership will see Ei Group work with the charity to map out a programme of activity, including bespoke initiatives, over the coming months.

The Clink has four training restaurants, as well as a training kitchen, gardens, a café and events catering business.

Simon Townsend, chief executive officer at Ei Group, said: “As a business we are committed to promoting pubs and the wider hospitality sector as a career of choice and changing perceptions about the life-long opportunities, from bar to boardroom, our industry offers. Our new partnership with The Clink offers us a great avenue to progress that aim and make a difference.”

Christopher Moore, chief executive at The Clink, said that the charity wanted to expand its training projects further, “and by partnering with Ei Group we will be able to raise awareness of our work in reducing reoffending and support the hospitality industry, which has a major skills shortage”.