Why volunteer for PET?
‘Working for PET has so far been an eye opening experience’
Steph was an intern in the policy and research team. A student at Kingston University, Steph had learnt a lot about the British penal system, and its successes and failures. "What became clear was just how beneficial educational programs are in helping to improve self esteem, increase employment opportunities post release and to reduce reoffending in the long term. When we were told about an internship opening with Prisoners' Education Trust, deciding to apply was a no-brainer" she says.
Steph has always had an interest in the penal system, and has decided to pursue a career with prisoners to help with rehabilitation and education:
"This internship with PET is ideal in both getting experience, and observing first hand some of the practices and policies currently in place that help offenders directly and indirectly to obtain qualifications."
PET has kept Steph busy, as she explains: "So far I have assisted with projects examining the importance of education to the ageing prison population, and also the importance of support from inspirational teachers and loved ones when completing qualifications inside. I have even been fortunate enough to attend an event at Portcullis House in Westminster.
"Working for PET so far has been an eye opening experience, both in seeing the true value of education to inmates from their letters both pre- and post-release, and also in seeing the sheer number of individuals who want to access these programs and get qualifications. This evidences the importance of PET and the work that they do. Being a part of it, even if just for a few months alongside studying, is a wonderful opportunity that will hopefully result in a career doing similar beneficial work."
PET provides volunteering and internship opportunities such as Steph's role on a regular basis throughout the year. Keep checking for other opportunities.