VISION – Visualising the Future Through Training


Visualising the Future Through Training



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.



  • Increase the adherence of inmates in VET programmes;
  • Improve retention in VET programmes by increasing the length of time inmates are enrolled, as well as their participation willingness;
  • Increase inmates’ preparation for labour market integration, successful employment post-release, reintegration, and prevent reincarceration;
  • Improve the skills of trainers/educators who work with inmates.


Expected outcomes

  • 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).



BSAFE LAB – Law Enforcement, Justice and Public Safety Research and Technology Transfer Lab, Beira Interior University, Portugal


IPS_Innovative Prison Systems, Portugal

Religious Institute of Educational and professional Training (IRFIP), Italy

Iaşi Penitentiary, Romania

CPJ – Vocational Training Centre for the Justice Sector, Portugal

Centre for Reintegration Initiatives (CIRE), Spain

Athens Lifelong Learning Institute (ALLI), Greece

Charles et Adrien Dupuy High School, France



Erasmus+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training



11/2021 – 05/2024 (30 months)

Increasing inmate employability through VR-enhanced VET programmes.

Criminal Justice Reform, Offender Rehabilitation, Training & Development

Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Catalonia (Spain), France

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