For its bicentenary in 2020, the Royal Astronomical Society is establishing a network of enhanced and extended outreach projects, spreading the enthusiasm for astronomy and geophysics that RAS Fellows share to people who have never experienced the subjects or never thought that they could participate. Our concept “Beyond Prison Walls” joins 9 others chosen to celebrate this and is a 5 year project to introduce these subjects in the context of our training in the prisons we are in. It will also become part of our ongoing work on “Improving the Prison Environment”.
Out for Good is an innovative sentence planning and case management project run by ourselves in partnership with Prospects and NCS as an end to end solution helping people to gain employment in a wide variety of jobs.
Each programme runs for 6 month and gives employers from a wide variety of industries an opportunity to be involved with the recruitment of prisoners with the confidence and support of the dedicated Out for Good teams. The programme prepares the participants, people motivated to work that are between 4 and 6 months prior to release, for the range of jobs with prospective employers.
We have successfully completed our first programme in HMP Brixton and our second programme will commence in October incorporating the learnings.
Employers that engaged with the first programme included Tideway, Young’s Pubs, Keltbray, Alandale and TFL and a total of 20 job offers were accepted.
We are in partnership with a number of organisations working on employer led training and pathways into construction in a unique programme funded by the CITB. Led by Lendlease Be Onsite this also includes PJ Careys and Lee Marley Brickworks and Scaffolding as well as the Mitie Foundation, NACRO and A Fairer Chance.
Entitled “Fill the Gap” the objective is to reduce the skills gaps of trained workers within the industry giving employees access to the talent pool that people leaving prison represent.
This is a 3 year pilot gradually extending out of London by the 3rd year.