We share opportunities specifically aimed at former prisoners. For organisations that are focused on helping people find work or training, visit this page.
If you are an organisation that would like to share a current work, training, volunteering, learning or speaking opportunity directed at former prisoners, please contact Alumni Manager Katy Oglethorpe.
Social Media Apprenticeship
Underworld TV, a small television production company specialising in producing and consulting on programmes about crime, are looking for a social media apprentice to help them administer their online content.
Reporting to the Head of Creative, you will have the opportunity to help on video shoots and design projects, learn about content creation for online and for TV, and contribute your own creative ideas.
The apprenticeship will last for 15-18 months and you will achieve a Level 3 Digital Marketer Apprenticeship Standard. The apprenticeship pays £6.00 per hour to start with and is 35 hours per week. The qualification is supervised by Mercia College and is fully funded.
For more information, email Adam Boome at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share your views on what incentives work in prison
The Prison Reform Trust is launching the Prisoner Policy Network, a free-to-join network of prisoners, ex-prisoners and supporting organisations, which aims to ensure prisoners’ views and experiences contribute to national prison policy development.
It is looking for individual prisoners and prisoner groups to join the network so that they can share their expertise on key issues. The first subject they are tackling is 'What incentives work in prison?'. People can share their views by email, phone or post. For more information contact email@example.com
Mentoring, training and work experience in the textiles industry
Fine Cell Work has a post-release Open the Gate Programme for people with convictions who want to learn more about the textiles industry. It offers a comprehensive package of support including: volunteering and work experience in a professional textiles workshop; training to complete an OCN accredited course; a mentor; access to funding; and an apprentice support officer.
Email Dawn for more information.
Business start-up course for women
The Healed Project is a six-week business start-up course for women affected by the criminal justice system. The course is designed to empower women, release them from guilt and shame, and remove stigma. It aims to helps women turn their lives around with a view of them moving forward to become successful in business.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free playwriting course for former prisoners
Synergy Theatre Project are running a free playwriting course on Wednesday evenings in London from 5 September to 7 November. No previous writing or theatre experience is necessary, just a passion for telling stories and a committment to developing yourself as a writer.
As this is a playwriting course Synergy will need to see a submission of some writing as part of the application process.
Free fashion, retail and creative course for women - Behind Bras
The education and training social venture Behind Bras is looking for women to join a free Level 1 course in either stitching or pattern cutting. You must be unemployed, on benefits and ideally local to the The Fashion Technology Academy in North London. Following completion, you will have the opportunity to secure employment on the Level 2 apprenticeship programme - a 12-month course.
For more information, email email@example.com.
Trustees - The Escape Route
The Escape Route is a small charity that delivers free, ready-made self-employment packs to former prisoners and those who are due to be released soon. The charity is based in south-west England and packs are in use in 17 prisons, from Manchester to Dartmoor. The Escape Route is looking for one or two trustees who have lived experience of the criminal justice system. Commitment is one attending one meeting a year.
Mentoring - Koestler Trust
The Koestler Trust is looking for people with lived experience of the criminal justice system who are interested in pursuing their interest in the arts (visual arts or writing). We currently have mentors available in the London area who are able to provide one-to-one bespoke Arts Mentoring.