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New contract awards to deliver Career Information, Advice and Guidance service to prisons

Announcements Key insight 12 June 2023

Interventions Alliance are delighted to announce the award of two contracts to deliver innovative Career Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG) services to 5 prisons in the South West of England.

The service helps prisoners take responsibility for improving their employability by providing accurate, high quality and impartial careers information, advice and guidance. Prisoners are supported to make the most of opportunities in prison to gain knowledge and work experience and to develop skills to help with employability options once released.

All prisoners will be assessed individually and will be provided with a Personal Learning Plan which is tailored to their needs.  For those closer to release, suitable employability routes will be explored, and support provided with activities such as job search, creating a CV and online applications.  For those with longer sentences, the focus will be on improving soft and hard skills until they move closer to release.

Service delivery commenced on 1 May 2023 at HMPs Exeter, Channings Wood, Dartmoor and Guys Marsh. The contract for these prisons will last for 23 months, and we have welcomed eight new colleagues into Interventions Alliance.

HMP Leyhill is a Category D male prison in South Gloucestershire. It is part of the Avon and Dorset Prisons Group, accommodating one of the most diverse prison populations in the open estate. The 21-month contract will see Interventions Alliance commence delivery from 1 July, and we will welcome two new IAG advisers to our team.

With Interventions Alliance already delivering HMPPS CFO Activity Hubs in the South West and South East, as well Commissioned Rehabilitative Services -Education, Training and Employment, and Accommodation, we are well placed to provide additional provision to prisoners on release and support them in their journey to live crime-free lives.

Amy Rice, Executive Director said “I am delighted that we have been given the opportunity to help more prisoners on the path to employment, which is widely recognised as a key factor in being able to lead a law-abiding and productive life on release.  The CIAG service is a very welcome addition to our portfolio, meaning we can increasingly offer help to those who need it at the most critical points in their lives. We currently work in over 30 prisons as well as in the community and the team at Interventions Alliance is very excited about expanding the fantastic work we do to help change lives.