A new academy has been launched which will help female prisoners get the skills they need to turn their backs on crime.
The new academy, launched by Justice Minister Dr Phillip Lee, is the first of its kind to be opened in a women’s prison. It is hoped that the academy will provide female prisoners with the skills they need to get ahead, find work on release and reduce the risk of reoffending.
The first Halfords Training Academy, opened at Drake Hall prison, is part of the government’s commitment to make prisons places of self-discipline, hard work and reform to reduce reoffending and keep the public safe.
The pioneering academy is already successfully running at HMP Onley in Rugby for male prisoners. Around 28 prisoners on the scheme have gone on to secure full time employment.
As part of the course, offenders learn vital skills to maintain and repair bicycles whilst working on their customer service and interview skills.
Justice Minister, Dr Phillip Lee said, “I am delighted to be opening the Halfords Training Academy at HMP Drake Hall today.”
“This is an excellent scheme which gives women the vocational skills and education they need in preparation for release.”
“It will give them a new start – helping to reduce reoffending and turn their backs on crime.”
“We are committed to helping all offenders turn their lives around so they don’t get stuck in the cycle of crime.”
“We want to see offenders entering the workplace and making a success of their lives.”