Prisoners: Training and Education

Justice written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Conservative, Devizes

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on improving training and skills of adult prisoners to improve their employment chances after the end of their sentence and reduce the risk of reoffending.

Photo of Crispin Blunt Crispin Blunt Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice) (Prisons and Probation)

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to my hon. Friends, Mark Pawsey and Member for Blackpool North and Cleveleys (Paul Maynard), earlier today.

I worked closely with the Minister for skills for the Department of Business Innovation and Skills during the preparation of the new offender learning strategy published last year, and officials from both Departments have worked closely on implementation. I fully recognise the importance of learning and training in making prisoners more employable and my officials and I are also working with the DWP to provide enhanced employment support via the Work programme.

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