Why do we need vocational training in prisons?
In the UK, 47% of adults re-offend within one year of release. By helping them develop the skills they need for sustainable employment, we can make it more likely that our learners will find and sustain a job on release.
Providing our learners with the industry-relevant skills and experience for their chosen career goals means they are able to move into work or further training on their release, and build a positive future with a reduced risk of re-offending.
Vocational Prison Training Programmes
Our vocational and technical prison education provision includes high-quality vocational training programmes, short courses, taster courses, training workshops and experience-building opportunities for adult offenders, delivered by skilled and experienced tutors and trainers who are experts in their field.
Our learners work towards nationally recognised qualifications, with embedded English, maths and employability skills available for those learners who need extra support, so they can develop a holistic skill set required by employers. Employment and further training are also promoted through our delivery, enabling learners to return to the community motivated, skilled, and ready for work.
Vocational Prison Education Developed With Employers
We have developed a vocational prison education curriculum that is informed and co-designed by our partner employers, so our learners, and their future employers, can be confident they are gaining the relevant skills in their chosen career. Our partnerships with employers mean we are able to provide real opportunities for work, apprenticeships and training on release, along with vital work experience opportunities through release on temporary license (ROTL).
Peer Support in Vocational Prison Education
Peer mentors who have already achieved qualifications or entered custody with experience and skills are empowered to support their peers in each of the work settings to achieve qualifications and make progress toward their targets and milestones.
We equip our learners with the vocational and employability skills they need to quickly move into sustainable employment when they are released, creating the foundations for a positive future.