Cross-sectoral awareness building on mental health needs in the criminal justice system and on release
Visualising the Future Through Training
11/2021 – 05/2024 (30 months)
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Increasing inmate employability through VR-enhanced VET programmes
The VISION project aims to mitigate one of the most felt difficulties of inmates’ post-release: obtaining rewarding employment. For this purpose, this initiative seeks to develop the inmates’ competencies through VET (Vocational Education and Training) programmes. The outstanding feature is that they will be supported by Virtual Reality (VR) technology.
This kind of intervention in offender rehabilitation includes a training programme for educators/trainers. The VISION train-the-trainer course seeks to improve their teaching skills and instruct them on how to deliver the VR programme to final clients.
Hence, this project will help inmates be better prepared to find and retain a job. Ultimately, VISION will support successful social reintegration, which will contribute to recidivism reduction and public safety.
Improve retention in VET programmes by increasing the length of time inmates are enrolled, as well as their participation willingness.
Improve the skills of trainers/educators who work with inmates.
Increase the adherence of inmates in VET programmes.
Increase inmates’ preparation for labour market integration, successful employment post-release, reintegration, and prevent reincarceration.
A VR-based VET programme, which is attractive and motivating for inmates.
Development of virtual scenarios for the programme that stimulates adhesion and interest.
A training plan for educators on how to deliver the VR programme (depending on each prisoner’s needs) and improving their skills to train prisoners (knowledge transference).