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Employers and employability

Preparing for employment

Steven Tyrell, Festival of Learning 2017 Outstanding Individual Award winner, used his time in prison to change his life and to train so that he increased his employment prospects on release. He was offered an opportunity to work at Premier Inn eight months before release. You can learn more from Steven about his motivations and his work in this video.

Self-employment 

From Prison to Profit as part of the BBC's World Service 100 Women season, the BBC interviewed six women across three continents, each with a criminal record, who have turned their lives around by starting their own businesses. Read their stories here or listen to the radio broadcast.


Need advice on disclosure?

Nacro provides a series of articles to support practitioners who need more information on disclosure. The guides explain the law on disclosure and criminal record checks and whether a person needs to disclose their criminal record. As well they offer guidance on positive approaches people can take to disclosure; the Helping your client with disclosure article includes a preparation for disclosure resource that you can download for use in the classroom.


Research

Out for Good: Lessons for the Future, Prison Education Trust, June 2017. This report details the findings of a two year action learning project at HMP Brixton, a resettlement prison, exploring how to secure sustainable employment on release. 

The research found that there were a significant number of employers open to working with offenders but a disconnected approach across prison and external agencies meant that employment opportunities for offenders were sometime lost. The report details the ideas they implemented and makes a recommendations based on their findings.


Resources

Below are some resources to help you increase the likelihood of your learners securing employment upon release. 

 

 

 

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