Vocational training

Possessing an employable skill is critical for successful re-entry into mainstream society. It allows inmates to set goals for themselves and have credible job prospects when they are released. Given the time, it is often possible to learn a trade in prison!

Vocational training

Preparing for employment on the outside

Our experts design programs to facilitate vocational rehabilitation, limit re-offending and prepare for release.

Because each person is unique, we believe it is important to assess the individual needs of each prisoner to develop a customized program in consultation with the penitentiary administration. The program is designed to foster lasting vocational rehabilitation by helping the individual acquire life skills and qualifications and benefit from in-house training modules and job placement. This is the approach we adopt in France, for example, through an original, targeted rehabilitation program called Inserxo.

At the Forest Bank prison in the United Kingdom, we have set up a training workshop known as Food for thought. In a professional kitchen, prisoners learn how to plan meals and acquire valuable experience and qualifications to maximize their chances of finding employment upon release. More broadly, where we have provided a combination of housing, training and a bank account the rate of re-offending for this cohort of prisoners has reduced from 67 to 37. A remarkable reduction.

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Key figures Justice

667 million euro in revenues

3.3% of Group revenues

6,264 employees

Source: Sodexo Group, FY 2016