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Education, Training, Work

RECOOP has arranged speakers for many of the prisons that have extended insight into how to set up businesses on release, volunteer and paid work with a criminal record.

Educational sessions on local and world history, nature and the Arts have been given by a series of speakers, as well as sessions on issues to do with ageing by organisations such as Age UK and Dignity in Care.

Statistics provided by Impact Pathways (July 2015) state that: 

After release from custody, offenders tend to have employment levels well below the general population.  Two years after release from custody in 2008:

  • 15% of offenders were in P45 employment
  • 29% of offenders starting a P45 employment spell at some point in the two years following their release from custody

Linked to this, offenders also typically have higher levels of out-of-work benefits receipt than in the general population.  Two years after release from custody in 2008:

  • 47% of offenders were receiving a DWP out-of-work benefit
  •  75% of offenders starting a new claim to an out-of-work benefit at some point in the two years following their release.

This compares to just 12% of the general working-age population (16-64 years) in receipt of an out-of-work benefit at any one time.

Impact Pathways offer practitioners and service users access to organisations providing services under this pathway in the Gloucestershire, Bristol, Avon and Somerset areas.

Wednesday, May 20th 2020
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