Program helping prisoners reengage with community and find sustainable employment

A new program helping prisoners reengage with the community and into sustainable employment has seen results in South Australia.

Work Ready Release Ready is a joint program delivered by WorkSkil and supported by IntoJobs (part of the IntoWork Group), which helps people who are incarcerated build skills, confidence and readiness to engage in employment and settle back into the community when released from prison.

Over the past year, WorkSkil has been working closely with IntoJobs to assist prisoners across South Australia to develop their skills, attitudes and behaviours to successfully transition into work and society.

In the program, participants work on practical skills, resumes, goal setting, gain education and training, and participate in work experience. Once the program is finished, they have the opportunity to land employment and receive additional support for 12 months.

IntoJobs Mobile Employment Consultant Phoebe Orilla said the primary focus is supporting the individuals upon release, helping them reintegrate into the community and access vital services such as IntoJobs, which has played a crucial role in assisting individuals find meaningful employment,

“So far, our IntoJobs Riverland team and WorkSkil have assisted six participants into sustainable ongoing employment. This wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of our IntoJobs team working with WorkSkil to identify resources, connect participants with employers and provide the necessary support,” Phoebe said.

“We couldn’t be prouder of the hard work and dedication exhibited by our entire team, as well as the invaluable contributions made by WorkSkil and the Department for Correctional Services. Together, we’re creating opportunities and transforming lives.”

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