Out of 100 people leaving prison, 39 PET learners find work in the first year of release, compared to 31 in a matched group.
Through the personal accounts of people we fund, we also know that education has broader benefits. Our learners say education also has a positive impact on:
Wellbeing (ability to cope in prison, improvements to mental health),
Human Capital (feeling of self-worth, hope and motivation),
Social Capital (relationships with others, including prisoners and families),
Culture (involvement in creating a positive prison environment)
In this slideshow, some of our learners talk about the power of education in their own words.
"Knowledge is empowerment that no one can take away from you and you can change the world from negativity to positivity.
Education is the best thing you can ever do in prison to open your mind and come out a better and educated person."
"It is through Prison Education that I am confident I will never return to prison unless it’s to teach what I’ve learnt."
"Doing OU is a huge thing for me. Nobody in my family has a degree. I can use my time constructively, whilst making my children proud. I am excited to get started."
"I have come so far since coming to prison in 2015. I had no qualifications what so ever. I now have lots under my belt ranging from L1 to L3. Prison doesn’t have to be the end, it can be the beginning of a bright future!"
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunity PET has provided for me. Being able to make the days count, rather than counting days, is of pivotal importance for any prisoner wishing to rehabilitate and become a productive member of society."
"I feel very happy that I have the chance to further myself whilst in custody especially since I never had the confidence outside to do it. I am honestly thankful!"
"The support Prisoners' Education Trust has given is assisting me to have the skills and knowledge for me in the future. Without PET I would be leaving with no true employability qualifications."
"I also don't just think the course will help me for upon my release date I also think it'll help me within the Prison as well, doing something you enjoy is very important as well to keep your mind at ease whilst in custody, there is nothing better then knowing you're getting through your sentence gaining qualifications to improve your future."
"I'm doing this to help others because I know how it feels not to have the help with mental health. I would love to gain a PhD in this. I help others in my own time because that's just me. Thanks"
"Everybody will come across challenges in life, I've learned to make the best out of each and every last one of them. Yes some people may look at me going to prison as a negative thing but I plan on leaving prison with more than I came in with; a degree! I've always been a smart guy but I make a lot of mistakes. One of those mistakes was not finishing high school or going to college. Thankfully there's organisations that still believe in people like me and want to see me succeed in life. I am so grateful for the Prisoners' Education Trust for allowing me to pursue my dreams. I plan on owning my own cafe and other businesses. The courses I plan on completing will give me more knowledge on how to succeed at doing so! Thank you!"