A European initiative takes the next steps to bring a new blended-learning platform to prisoners and ex-prisoners. The goal is to develop their digital skills and increase the opportunities for (re)integration.
As an essential requirement for using digital devices, communication applications, and networks to access and manage information, digital skills provide individuals with the ability to communicate, cooperate, create and share digital content.
The importance of digital skills when entering the job market
Nowadays, more than ever, the adoption of digital skills is critical, as societal changes are altering our lifestyles. These skills are increasingly required to fulfil our day-to-day needs, in tasks such as completing a payment using an ATM or a phone.
Within the business world, digital skills are in high demand. The tasks that require mastering such competencies have widened an already considerate skills gap.
Therefore, the lack of digital skills significantly impacts an individual’s life, namely its application to the job market.
While the digital skills needs are many and diverse across different areas of work, developing basic competencies can facilitate the job hunt process. It can also improve the chances of job retainment, a crucial step in preventing recidivism.
Reducing the digital skills gap using a blended learning environment in prisons and probation
One of these short-term staff training events of the BLEEP project was held from the 17th to 19th of May, 2022, in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
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Both events have been organised by Exodus Foundation South Holland (Stichting Exodus Zuid-Holland), BLEEP project partner, and held at the Cube Houses in Rotterdam. All members of the consortium were present, including its promoter CLICK F1 (Netherlands), IPS_Innovative Prison Systems (Portugal), CHAINS (Netherlands), Direção Geral da Reinserção e dos Serviços Prisionais (Portugal), STEPS (Italy), Stichting Exodus Zuid-Holland (Netherlands), European Prison Education Association (Netherlands), and the Bucharest-Jilava Penitentiary (Romania).
For more information on the BLEEP project, please visit its webpage.
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Visualising the Future Through Training
Virtual reality for training inmates
Secured digital education system for vocational skills for youngsters in closed institutions
Training of Refugee Offenders by Virtual Reality
Systematic Transition from Prison into the Labour Market
Strengthening the capacity of criminal justice professionals and volunteers
Preventing Emotional and Sexual Abuse Among Young People
Peer Pro-Social Modeling in Probation
Development and testing of a process chain for the placement of former detainees as specialists in the labour market