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James’ story

27 March 2017

James’ story

The National Careers Service South West, works with adults to help them manage their career and progress into learning, training and employment. As well as working with adults in community, the service is delivered in-custody to give individuals the skills to find work on release.

As part of an exciting new initiative, the National Careers Service invites employers to come into prisons to help offenders understand what opportunities are available when they are released. One person supported by this initiative is James.

James (name changed), met the National Careers Service advisers during his prison induction. During his initial appointment, James’ adviser gave him information about courses and distance learning to support him on his return to the community. Initially, James showed an interest to return to his previous career of sea fishing but his determination and commitment to his future never stopped as he went on to take lots of qualifications whilst in-custody, believing this could help and support him in the future.

James then attended workshops run by the National Careers Service, on CV writing, a mock interview and a disclosure workshop to prepare him and give him the best chance of success. He completed an application form for the apprenticeship, with help from his adviser.

Upon release, James was put in touch with a training provider who could support him with his apprenticeship and he is now working towards a qualification, whilst earning a wage. He is receiving ongoing support from his adviser through the transition.

To find out more contact 0800 100 900 or visit the National Career Service website.


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