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Potential prison officers skills session for HM Prison Service

Date: 25/09/2008           Category: Economic Development

A new partnership involving Medway Council has been formed to help support people who want to train as prison officers. HM Prison Service (HMPS), Jobsmatch Medway and Medway Adult Learning Service (MALS) are working together to help potential prison officers prior to their Prison Officer Selection Tests (POST). The partnership resulted from a request for help from the Kent and Sussex Prison Outreach Team. The team wanted candidates to attend a skills assessment to help them build their confidence prior to sitting the test. Cathy Lepage from Jobsmatch Medway, who co-ordinated this opportunity, was on hand to offer further assistance to the candidates in search of employment and to support the prison team in a recruitment drive. Judy Talbot, MALS Induction Officer, was able to give the candidates feedback and advice following their assessments. Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth Cllr Jane Chitty said: “There’s a great many people out there who would not believe that an employment opportunity like this exists and this is where we can lend a helping hand. It’s a good example of where partnership working can really benefit the residents of Medway, and help them get back to work. This service offers an important tool in helping candidates to build their confidence and land the job they want.” Medway Council and SEEDA fund Jobsmatch. It aims to support small and medium sized businesses to become more profitable and help support people into employment. In the last financial year (2007/08) the service helped support 371 people. It supported 69 people to gain NVQs, 42 people to gain basic skills and 84 businesses.