Vocational Training and Employability Skills in Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions

Under the programme of work funded by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, NIACE undertook a study to identify effective practice in vocational learning and employability skills provision in men’s prisons and Young Offender Institutions.

The aims of the study were to:

  • raise awareness among key stakeholders of current vocational training and skills provision for offenders;
  • inform the practice of vocational training and skills provision for offenders in custody;
  • raise NIACE’s offender learning profile; and
  • inform NIACE’s work in the areas of offender learning and learning for work.

The main body of the report is divided into five sections; the first three sections focus on key themes and highlights examples of good practice. The fourth section looks at some of the cross cutting challenges and how prisons and providers are responding positively to these. The final part of the report looks at the general conclusions we have drawn from the findings, as well as key considerations to inform the future policy around vocational training and employability skills in prisons.