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ERIC Number: ED539443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
Pages: 26
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-7053-1141-0
Learning, Skills and Employability: A Review of Good Practice in Scottish Prisons
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education
Research demonstrates that when ex-offenders gain employment the risk of their re-offending reduces by between a third and a half. However, many prisoners have few qualifications and low levels of literacy, and many have never held a proper job. Learning, Skills and Employability (LSE) aims to provide appropriate education and training so that prisoners can improve their prospects, obtain fulfilling and sustainable employment, and continue in or enter new learning or training following their release. Improving literacy skills is one of nine offender outcomes which reduce the risk of a prisoner re-offending. Another offender outcome specifically relates to increasing employability prospects. It also underpins a number of other offender outcomes, as demonstrated by the good practice examples in this report. If offenders are to gain the skills and qualifications they need to make a positive contribution in society, learning programmes in prisons require to be comparable in content and quality to those available to the wider community. The purpose of each LSE inspection is to provide an independent and impartial evaluation of key aspects of LSE provision in a prison. There were a number of examples of good practice within the field of LSE. The overall outcome of the inspection is that there was a wide range in the quality of LSE provision but in a number of cases, prisoners' lives had been positively transformed as a result of a high-quality LSE experience. (Contains 7 footnotes.)
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education. Denholm House Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA, UK. Tel: +44-014-1282-5000; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) (Scotland)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)