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A University is helping to employ ex-offenders

Words by Abi Scaife

An ex-offender employment programme is partnering with the University of the West of England (UWE).

That’s great! Tell me more.

Project ReMake, an entrepreneurship programme for people who were formerly incarcerated, is partnering with UWE. UWE will be hosting a programme for one night a week, over the course of eight weeks, that will help lead to employment.

Why now?

The programme has seen success at other universities in the UK, and has had 93 graduates, all of whom have not reoffended since graduating the course. UWE was awarded a £63,000 grant to run the course, with the aim of helping graduates into employment.

Those who complete the course will be offered a 12-week paid work placement at Capita, a business outsourcing company.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

Women in Prison. This is a women-centred, women-run organisation that provides specialist services to women affected by the criminal justice system both in prison and in the community throughout England. Support them here.

Working Chance. This is a charity that helps women offenders make the transition into employment, helping them find paid work and offering voluntary placements. Find out more.

Unlock. This is an independent charity for people with convictions who are dealing with the effects of having a criminal record. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Decent Work and Economic Growth.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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