A recent report from the work and pensions select committee said the following:
“The problem of employment support in prison is partly one of coordination. Currently, there is no clear strategy for how different agencies, in different prisons, should work together to achieve the common goal of getting ex-offenders into work. We urge the Government to state clearly who has ultimate responsibility for helping prison leavers into work.
The Government, charities, employers and ex-offenders themselves all agree that the ‘gold standard’ of employment support involves employers working in prisons and offering work placements through Release on Temporary License. Over the course of this inquiry, we have seen many examples of good practice, such as work done by Blue Sky, a company that works to understand employer’s labour needs, delivers training in prisons and places ex-offenders into jobs.
We recommend that all prisons be required to demonstrate strong links with employers, including local businesses. Prisons should also ensure that the rules and processes for securing Release on Temporary License are straightforward and consistent. In addition, all prisons should be required to offer workshop courses, apprenticeships or similar employment opportunities with real employers.”
Enter Tempus Novo, this is what we do. Co-ordinating and supporting the journey from prison workshop to release and beyond is our speciality. This week we will meet with local stakeholders to discuss how we move forward with an academy initiative, teaching prisoners construction skills which match those required by the industry. Nothing new in principle but this time it has local businesses on board and TN to bridge the gap which has been its failing in the past.