The Polmont Employability programme works with young offenders in HMP+YOI Polmont to help them develop the skills, confidence and connections they need to get employment on release. It is delivered in partnership with the Scottish Prison Service and is the first project of its kind in the UK.
The programme helps participants develop key employability skills such as CV writing and interview techniques. It provides advice on how offenders should best disclose their criminal records. It also offers accredited skills-based training, in areas such as hospitality, mechanics, marketing and customer services.
One-to-one support is provided to help participants explore employment opportunities. Psychometric testing is also used to see what type of employment will best fit an individual’s needs.
The programme also offers fortnightly employer engagement forums and yearly career fairs where employers from across the country come into Polmont and highlight the roles they have available. These events allow participants to showcase their CV’s to potential employers and gain tips and knowledge about the jobs market.
The programme ensures that, when individuals leave prison, they have the support of an employability service or employer.