The government’s current initiative, spearheaded by The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, is to reduce re-offending by increasing employment rates among ex-offenders, as prison leavers with a job are less likely to re-offend.
At any given time, an estimated 200,000 children have a parent in prison and therefore employment opportunities for ex-offenders can make a huge difference to their families and also to the wider community.
In line with the government’s initiative, DSA Connect has established a training workshop at HMP The Mount, Hertfordshire where serving prisoners are learning useful skills that can be transferred to the job environment upon release.
We provide one-to-one training in:
The identification of equipment
Auditing and creating inventory
Testing and upgrading equipment
Refurbishing and recycling
The workshop’s objective is to provide adequate training and transferable skills that emulate the ‘real’ workplace as, so often, in-prison training is not transferable to the workplace due to lack of continuity and the building of real-life experience.
The importance of providing ‘technological life skills’, is also paramount in this ever-changing, fast-moving technological world where serving prisoners can get left behind.
In our processes, we use a cloud-based specialist software. As there is no internet access in the prison, we have created a standalone, offline server to enable the software to run within the prison environment so that workshop prisoners can replicate the training and processes that are carried out by our team in Essex. We are also exploring further opportunities in providing offline training programmes that can help in bridging the digital divide.
We would like to thank those corporate and government departments who have chosen to play a crucial role in the development and continuance of the prison workshop by entrusting the ethical disposal of their redundant IT with us. In turn, they receive reports and data that can be shared with stakeholders and which contributes to their corporate social responsibility.
The workshop at HMP The Mount is entirely funded by DSA Connect and its commercial partners. To be part of this important and growing initiative, contact Hannah: email@example.com