Nearly everyone in prison will be released at some point and the majority will need a job. 71,495 prisoners were released in 2017. Only 27% had a job to go to.
Employability skills are embedded within our training courses. All students who have successfully completed one of our training and education courses will join our life skills programme as they near their release date. Our life skills team will work with them on preparing their CV’s, on their presentation and interview skills, and to establish their long-term employment pathway.
They will also ensure that the students have all the necessary documentation and disclosure letters necessary for employment on their release.
Having successfully completed their work experience, we will help each student secure their first full-time job or a place on an AP Foundation apprenticeship. We will maximise their chances of sustaining employment by offering twelve months support and advice.
And if they change their mind and want to pursue a different career path, we will still be there for them, offering advice, helping them find alternative training, qualifications, funding and grants.
The AP Foundation will help all our students find the right job and support them for as long as they need.
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Young adult offenders often relate to those who have ‘walked in their shoes’, those who have the lived experience of the criminal justice system. The AP Foundation believe that the ex-offender community has an important role to play in resettlement and rehabilitation.
Arts, culture and media programmes are also an effective way of engaging difficult to engage young adult people in productive activities connected with their leisure interests, developing their vocational and transferable employment skills, boosting their employability and reducing re-offending.