European Offender Employment Forum

Recently, one of our Sales Executives, Suzette Tonks, made a trip to Edinburgh for the European Offender Employment Forum Conference.

The European Offender Employment Forum conference took place in Edinburgh on the 24th and 25th March.

The conference included a number of interesting workshops, including input from Apex Scotland, The Wise Group and Trabajo Penitenciario y Formacion para el Empleo, which is Spain’s government department responsible for the reintegration of offenders.

We also held our own CASCAiD workshop at the event, entitled ‘Encouraging offenders into jobs’.  Our workshop focused on using Adult Directions with offenders towards the end of their sentence to encourage them into jobs or at the start of a sentence to encourage further training or skills development.

The session included case study examples from a prison and a Skills for Work project for ex-offenders, both of which use Adult Directions. The session generated positive discussion on how workshop attendees could use Adult Directions in their establishments.

Other workshops included considering the employers’ perspective on employing ex-offenders and an interesting DVD session entitled ‘Behind the Vale’ which featured female prisoners from HMP and YOI Cornton Vale. 

The DVD was fictional but focused on issues facing women in prison, such as learning and employability.  It was fascinating to see the impact that creating the DVD had on the confidence and self-belief of those involved.

All in all, this was a useful event, particularly to further understand the challenges faced by people trying to build a positive future post-sentence.

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