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How to release the wealth of potential under lock and key

Getting employers to engage with prison education programmes can tackle far more than the skills gap

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Barely a week goes by without a mention of the skills gap. Key industries in the UK, such as ICT, construction and engineering, are facing national crises in developing domestic talent. Even on a local level, small businesses are unable to hire staff fast enough to keep up with this growth opportunity.

With new approaches to prison education, institutions are becoming a source of talent that can be trained and equipped with the skills needed to boost national and local economies. This method has the added benefit of cutting reoffending and reducing the number of people returning to prison. It ...

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