Access to Industry’s Passport CashBack is a Service for young people aged 16-22 in HMYOI Polmont that increases their employability skills prior to liberation. On liberation from Polmont, it will then support them into jobs, college and training. The project will consider all young people in Polmont as having the potential to build skills towards employment, regardless of length of sentence.
Polmont Activity: Each young person will have a Caseworker who will work with them in order to achieve an Action Plan that reflects their interests and aptitudes. Caseworkers will encourage the uptake of other appropriate activity and services to best ensure the widest support in Polmont. The Caseworker will maintain contact throughout their sentence. Within Polmont’s ‘Employability Hub’, the Passport CashBack Coordinator will arrange and deliver skills training; make links with employers; and encourage employer involvement. Caseworkers will support young people to engage in Hub training, and to influence the delivery programme.
Community Activity: On liberation, the same Caseworker will support the young person in the community to access opportunities and manage disclosure of convictions.
Passport CashBack requires to have a Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment. You can find our CRWIA and guidance around the CRWIA here.
The Scottish Governement’s Children’s Rights and Wellbeing Impact Assessment guidance is here.
The Service is offered to all young people serving a sentence within HMYOI Polmont. It has a national remit.
The Service is delivered daily within Polmont, and also within the community.
The Service helps those who have been through the prison system integrate back into their communities and move on with their lives. Thanks to links made through the programme, many participants gain employment soon after they leave prison.
This Service is delivered by Access to Industry Caseworkers in HMYOI Polmont and across Scotland.