What Do We Do?

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Employment Academy

Differing from traditional prison education, the Employment Academy implements the curriculum by listening to employer feedback and using government data sources. This means that the College can identify where jobs currently exist, and which occupational ideas are likely to grow. The curriculum and learning materials can then cater to the needs of society and today’s job markets, training offenders to fill any skills gaps upon release.

Having Greggs involved in the Employment Academy has given me hope that not all employers will judge me on my past offence, and that I do have a second chance

Greggs Academy learner.

Support and Development

The Employment Academy aims to rehabilitate prisoners in to work, but also to support them in getting to that point, as well as post-release.

Highlighting offenders keen to develop skills whilst in custody, the Academy also provides a network of support from custody through the gate. This involves education and skills development, as well as working on any personal issues or barriers which may be in the way of securing employment.

Skills the Academy develops include:

  • Self-motivation
  • Commitment
  • Positive attitude
  • Willingness to learn
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Demonstrate reading, writing and numeracy

The aim is to assist in supporting offenders to access real work opportunities in prison and re-enter the employment market upon their release.

Partnerships

The Employment Academy develops partnerships with well-respected employers to provide realistic training provisions and sustainable employment opportunities for learners.

We work with the following employers, amongst others:

  • GI Group
  • Greggs
  • Interserve
  • Max Spielmann
  • RMF
  • Timpson
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