The project works with people who have found themselves caught up in illegal activity, and helps them to find a way out. It aims to give them a legitimate outlet for the knowledge and skills they’ve gained from their illegal activities, allowing them to make their way into the business world.
For example, dealing drugs involves teamwork, determination and a knowledge of your market – all vital skills for any budding entrepreneur, but not a situation you can typically talk about in a job interview.
The project was set up by social entrepreneur Clayton Planter, and, following a successful pilot project in 2016, it now has three directors with a wealth of experience in the industry.
In an interview with BBC Bristol, Mr Planter said: “If you really want to change your life, it’s not where you are from, it’s where you’re going to that’s important.” He also said that his message to employers was to “stop employing yourselves, people who look like you, people in your own image”.
The team are dreaming big: they say their five-year-plan is for this scheme to be rolled out nationally. And, in the meantime, they hint at plenty of exciting things on the cards, which any new volunteer could get their teeth into.
The volunteer CEO should have a passion for making the world a better place, be available at least two days per week, and have prior experience of running a company.
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