Senior Overseer, Silverwater Correctional Complex
24 years with Corrective Services NSW
in the prison system has taught Ben Williamson that some people need to be
given a go in life to change their ways.
36-year-old is a Senior Overseer at the Silverwater Correctional Complex,
undertaking facilities maintenance and general plumbing at prisons, while also
training inmates in basic plumbing skills.
Williamson is among the more than 9,000 Corrective Services NSW staff being
celebrated for their commitment to community safety on National Corrections
Day, Friday 18 January.
learnt that some of the best workers are not always the ones you expect, but
with a bit of assistance and motivation you can teach them new skills for their
own good,” Mr Williamson says.
do see change in some offenders when they participate in work - they get up on
time, keep clean and are eager to give things a go.”
former plumber, drainer and gasfitter joined Corrective Services NSW as a
challenge and is currently assisting one offender complete a tertiary
preparation program in plumbing.
aim is to give them the hands on experience with my trade so they develop
skills in how to use tools properly and complete jobs to meet the required
standards and guidelines,” Mr Williamson says.
Senior Overseer, who won the CSI Excellence Award in 2018, is one of a
highly-trained team of 20 across Sydney, who maintains prison facilities across
the metropolitan area.
2019 National Corrections Day theme is Working Corrections, focussing on
inmate industries and the work of Community Corrections officers, who supervise
offenders on court-ordered community work.