Preparing for Employment: Prisoners' Experience of Participating in a Prison Training Programme



Abstract: This article presents prisoners' perspectives on participation in a prison employment project. Forty-four interviews were conducted with 28 offenders, in prison and post release, to explore motivations for taking part, views on training experience, expectations of how it might help employment prospects and the extent to which expectations were fulfilled. Perceived benefits included accruing a qualification and work experience, a fulfilling role relative to other employment opportunities in prison and increased self-confidence through project activities. However, problems of short-term funding for the project as well as potential for unrealistic expectations about employment chances were also noted.