Offender Employment & Skills Support
Prospects works across the country with those on the edge of the Criminal Justice System, offenders in custody and in the community as well as ex-offenders pursuing a future without crime. Prospects plays a vital role in helping to reduce reoffending as one of the largest providers of multi-disciplinary careers information services in the community and in custody.
Prospects works across the UK in 38 prisons. In the 18 month period April 2016 to October 2017 we supported 51,000 customers who have offended, enabling 4,600 people into jobs and learning opportunities, 9%. In the community we support thousands more ex-offenders to pursue a future without crime.
We help prisons reduce re-offending by making training attractive and relevant, building links with local employers and supplying a stream of information, support and work opportunities for offenders and ex-offenders.
Work with Prisons
We are one of the largest providers of custodial careers information and advice in the UK, delivering the National Careers Service In Custody to offenders in 38 prisons in London, the South West, West Midlands, Staffordshire and Yorkshire and the Humber - working in all types of custodial establishments and security categories.
Our team of expert advisers, working with local authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships and other partners, reduce re-offending with the help of:
- Our national network of employer links built over 20 years
- Constantly updated specialist local labour market information
- Clear evidence of learning progression, honed by our expertise in vocational skills
- Enabling workshop instructors to deliver industry standard learning
- Tailoring support to individual prisons and offenders.
Work with Communities
We work with local authorities to prevent young people entering the Criminal Justice System through our targeted and youth support services.
An example of the Prospects approach is Gloucestershire, where we deliver youth support services, including the Youth Offending Service (YOS) on behalf of the county council. Working with police, local community safety partnerships and other agencies, the team prevent young people from getting involved with crime and support those on the edge of the criminal justice system as well as young offenders. The result:
- A 47% reduction in first time entrants to the criminal justice system
- A cut in the number of young people entering the criminal justice system
- Fewer young people receiving youth offending orders
- More young people getting back into education, employment and training.