The aim of the project is to reduce reoffending rates of recently released category D male prisoners by addressing the key barriers to rehabilitation, which have been identified as improvement of self-confidence and motivation, identifying and improving transferable skills and employability, and by working with local businesses and the wider community to reduce stigma and discrimination. This is achieved through the ‘breaking the cycle of re-offending’ rehabilitation programme of training and support.
The initial training is either conducted within the prison or other training venues, depending on the prisoner’s status and eligibility for day release.
The topics covered are aim to update and improve workplace skills covering subjects such as professional boundaries, data protection and telephone and email communication.
At the end of the training prisoners are presented with a certificate that shows the modules undertaken and the level of achievement within that module.
Once the prisoners are on Released on Temporary Licence (ROTL) arrangements are made for them to attend workplace training within the community. All offenders benefit from three full days workplace training a week with partner organisations, where they undergo a full induction that clearly communicates expectations and long term benefits. Furthermore, these opportunities have been designed to supply staffing solutions for vital services that provide free-to-access support for vulnerable local people, and will enable offenders to give something back to community and society. This workplace training will therefore not only count towards offenders’ ROTL back to work obligations and greatly enhance their employment prospects, but also vitally enable local people to seek appropriate support to overcome the challenges they face.