21 June 2023
A grant of over £20,000 has allowed learners to achieve qualifications including Project Management, Creative Writing, Understanding Mentoring and Coaching, and Health and Safety for Construction.
Two-thirds of these learners told PET they were studying to increase their chances of getting a job on release. Additionally, a third were studying to make their family, partner or children proud.
One of those supported by the grant is Jordan, who gained a Certificate in National and International Freight. His aim was to develop the logistics skills he learned during nearly ten years in the army to build a career in the civilian logistics industry when he is released.
After completing his course, he wrote to PET:
Having the opportunity to study through PET has allowed me to continue my progression in a field of previous employment which has given me the confidence to rejoin my profession upon my release. I have also greatly benefitted mentally from having the goal of completing my course which has kept me focused.
Jordan added that he has a “keen interest” in returning to university-level studies, and hopes to progress to a degree in Business Logistics and Transport Management.
Another learner, Rob, is studying a PRINCE2 Project Management course – a widely-recognised method for effective project management. He wrote:
The course will further develop my leadership skills and quality that I gathered in the Army on various courses.
Rob added: “I want to grow and keep learning and evolving as a person and a leader.”
Support from ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has allowed PET to provide vital learning opportunities to many veterans in prison like Jordan and Rob. Over 90% of learners funded by their most recent grant felt they were able to change their life and do something positive after release as a result of having studied with PET.
Learner names have been changed.
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