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Apprentice spotlight: Jas Brown, Offender Management

13 March 2015

Prospects employs Apprentices across the company, and some stay on to become fulltime permanent members of staff. Jas is one such example. She joined Prospects as an Apprentice and is now the PA for the Director of Offender Management.

Jas joined Prospects in July 2013 when she started her NVQ level 3 in Business and Administration, providing admin support for the Offender Management directorate. Before coming to Prospects Jas had worked in a variety of different roles, including a nursery nurse and office junior at a private medical insurance broker, but she did not want to pursue these as a career. After finding and applying for the Apprenticeship at Prospects, she was invited for an initial interview, where she was told more about the role and her line manager – Victoria Blakeman, Director of Offender Management.

Jas said: “I was really intimidated when I was told Victoria’s background. She has previously worked in prison management in the UK and was the Head of UK Corrections and Detentions in Afghanistan. However, when we met she was friendly and we instantly got on.”

Days after starting her Apprenticeship, Jas was attending important meetings across the country for new contracts. She worked closely with Victoria, acting as her PA, which involved diary management and booking meeting rooms. When Jas had completed her Apprenticeship, Victoria offered Jas a fulltime permanent position which she happily accepted.

Jas said: “Being an apprentice for me meant learning while earning and doing the job. It also gave me the opportunity to prove myself and secure work doing something I enjoy. I am really grateful to Victoria for giving me this opportunity, and I now know that I want to pursue a career in Offender Management.”

Prospects plays a vital role in helping to reduce reoffending as a one of the largest providers of multi-disciplinary careers information services in the community and in custody. Prospects is the largest provider of the National Careers Service In Custody, running the service in London, the South West, West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber.

In Gloucestershire we deliver youth support services, including the Youth Offending Service (YOS) on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, working with the police, local community safety partnerships and other agencies to prevent young people from getting involved with crime and anti-social behaviour.

Prospects also provides education for all young people within Feltham Young Offenders Institution (YOI).

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