August 15, 2017
Following the success of our first Out for Good project in HMP Brixton, funded by Sheriffs and Recorders, we are about to embark upon our second programme. Having worked on the outcomes with the partner employers involved we are able to evaluate the learnings from the first project to adapt and develop the next one starting in October.
These 6 month programmes, run by Bounce Back and Prospects/NCS, give a variety of employers a chance to be involved with the recruitment of prisoners with the support of the dedicated Out for Good Team. Working with both participants and employers throughout the period and for up to a year beyond, an Out for Good team manager ensures the process through preparation and into work is managed throughout.
To become involved prospective employers for the programme are invited into the prison to run a workshop and explain their company ethos, highlight positions available and give a realistic view of their expectations to the programme participants. The participants are individuals who are motivated to work and are between 4 and 6 months prior to release. Both sides are then supported with candidates being prepared for the job opportunities whilst allocated “champions” within the company liaise with the team. As they near the end of their sentence the programme participants interview for the roles with the employers and many are offered full time employment.
Employers that engaged with the first programme included Tideway, Young’s Pubs, Keltbray, Alandale and Tfl and a total of 20 job offers were accepted.
If you would like to find out more about our criteria and how to be involved with our Out for Good programme please contact us.