Unlocked Graduates is a two year programme that is putting brilliant career changers and graduates at the heart of prison reform. At the moment, nearly half of all prisoners re-offend within a year of release, creating yet more victims, causing untold damage, and costing the UK more than £18bn. Our solution is a unique leadership programme where participants work as frontline prison officers while completing a fully-funded master’s degree in leadership. The Unlocked officers support prisoners to turn their lives around, lead system change and develop the skills to excel no matter where they go in the future. What will you be doing? You will work as frontline prison officer, supporting men and women to turn their lives around whilst also leading system reform. The role of an Unlocked prison officer means being an advocate, negotiator, diplomat and leader all at the same time – and understanding how changes on the inside can yield life-changing progress on the outside. The role offers a chance to develop skills in leadership, communication, relationship-building, decision-making and resilience – all of which are valuable in a wide range of working environments. During the two-year programme, you will receive one-to-one mentoring from an experienced prison officer and have the opportunity to complete a work placement with a wide range of fascinating organisations. From KPMG and PA Consulting to the Ministry of Justice and the African Prisons Project. As part of the programme, you get the chance to complete a fully funded Master’s degree that is designed to give you a deeper, academic understanding of the issues affecting the criminal justice system that you can apply on the landings as you seek to drive real change both in your prison and at a system level. Key benefits - Leadership opportunities - Fully-funded Master’s degree What happens after the programme finishes? Following the two-year programme you're free to decide whether to stay or leave the prison system. Either way, we'll continue to support your development as part of a growing network of change-making alumni putting their new skills into action. Being a prison officer is about so much more than locking up, and with Unlocked Graduates, it can really open doors.
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