Fostering Re-integration and Enhancing Employability through Inmates Training
a project to help prison operators increase employment and re-inclusion opportunities for inmates
Consulmarc Sviluppo S.r.l.

Consulmarc Sviluppo srl was born in 1979 to provide companies with innovative services for internationalization, knowledge support, human resources management and employment.
In 1991 it opened its office in Brussels, participating in the networks promoted by DG Enterprise and in EU projects: to do so, the company created its EU Projects Division, working on non formal training, VET, employment promotion, environment and sustainable development, accessibility, tourism, intercultural dialogue.

Following the deep changes which occurred in last years from an economic and social point of view, as a consequence of the global economic and financial crisis affecting Europe, Consulmarc Sviluppo has adapted its company strategy according to the Europe 2020 strategy priorities, promoting sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth and involving customers and partners in collaborative networks and projects, consistently with the new.
Specifically, in the framework of local inclusive growth, Consulmarc Sviluppo has developed the “Antenna Sviluppo” pilot project (, focusing on counselling, coaching and professional re-qualification for workers in mobility and the unemployed. The project is jointly managed by a partnership of public and private actors of Treviso Province, including Local Action Groups, Unions of Municipalities and enterprises.

Additionally, Consulmarc Sviluppo was authorized by the Italian Ministry of Employment and Social Affairs to enrol on the Job Agencies register for HR search and selection (Aut. 5875), outplacement and re-qualification (Aut. 39/0001254), and the Veneto Region accredited the company for the supply of job services (decree n. 387). Thanks to these authorizations and to its experience, Consulmarc Sviluppo provides other crucial services in times of economic crisis, including:

  • Assessment and re-structuring of companies; evaluation of the roles and functions of employees, analysis of training needs; design of training courses
  • HR search and selection services
  • Outplacement

Consulmarc Sviluppo srl website:

Contact Details:
Laura Franceschi
Telephone: +39. 0422. 853611

Cooperativa Sociale Il Cerchio ONLUS

Il Cerchio Social Cooperative was born in 1997 in Venice. Through its activities it contributes to the achievement of community interests, as well as to the promotion of the values of solidarity and social integration, also through sustainable development.
Il Cerchio operates to identify, analyse and fight every kind of marginalization, discrimination and civil and social rights violation against individuals and communities.
Its main target groups are inmates and former inmates. The associates are employed in activities located both outside and inside Giudecca Female Prison:

  • Outside the prison, they deal with catering, sport facilities management, cleaning of Venice city centre, its seaside the Lido Island natural oasis
  • Inside the prison, the Cooperative created a tailor laboratory where women inmates create cloths, carnival and theatre dresses sold in a dedicated shop in Venice historical centre. Some women are employed in the prison laundry which also works for worldwide famous restaurants and hotels (Harry’s Bar and Hilton Hotel, among others)

To promote prisoners education and support VET the co-operative organised several regional training courses:

  • 2011 Regional VET project on tailoring activities
  • 2011 Regional training project at the Sacca San Biagio Venice sport facilities
  • 2008 VITA Regional project on VET in catering
  • 2006 Regional training project in laundry services

In doing so, it exploits specific training methods and tools such as initial interviews with inmates, tailored questionnaires to identify their needs and expectations, theoretical and practical training activities, post–training questionnaires, tutoring.

Today the cooperative associates are 162, however Il Cerchio daily receives employment requests by inmates from other Italian prisons and by people who serve a less than 3 years sentence at the house arrest. The cooperative is a multicultural and multiethnic reality: its associates come from several regions such as East Europe, the Balkans, South America and North Africa, and this leads to positive results in terms of social integration.

Cooperativa Sociale “Il Cerchio” website:

Contact Details:
Gianni Trevisan, President
Calle del Teatro, 1 - 30133 Saca Fisola Venice, Italy
Tel: 3483800818

Federica Vianello, Assistant Manager
Calle del Teatro, 1 - 30133 Saca Fisola Venice, Italy
Tel: 00390412771127

Education Unit, Cork Prison

Cork Prison is a closed, committal prison for adult men. The population is approximately 240.It is one of 14 prisons in Ireland.

The Education Unit offers courses ranging from Basic Education to Open University studies. The teachers are employed by a Local Education Authority, under the Department of Education.

Our philosophy is based on the idea of Second Chance Education, encouraging the students to take responsibility for their own learning. We see Education as a great force for change and the opportunity for them to fulfil their potential.

We work in conjunction with the other Prison Services – Psychology, Addiction Counselling, Probation Service, Medical service to ensure that the prisoners can make the most of their time while they are in prison and to give them the best chance of staying out of prison on their release.

The subjects are: Painting, Ceramics, Woodcraft, Cookery, Craftwork, Health Education, Physical Education, Computers, Mathematics, English, Irish, Spanish, History, Sociology, English as a Second Language (ESOL), Music, Yoga, Relaxation, Personal Development, Parenting courses, Horticulture, Small Engine Mechanics, Technical Drawing, Career Guidance. We also have a Pre/Post Release service which addresses issues such as homelessness, medical needs (physical and mental), tenancy training, social welfare needs, addiction problems and further education and training.

Contact Person:
Catherine Coakley
Head Teacher, Education Unit
Cork Prison, Rathmore Road, Cork, Ireland
Tel: 021 4518853/4518859
Fax: 021 4503279

Åsane School of Upper Secondary Education

Our school is a vocational school with approximately 450 “ordinary” students.The school is responsible for all formal education in the prison departments in the Bergen area.

Prison sections:

  • Bergen prison - high security, about 220 inmates
  • Section D - low security, 20 inmates
  • Dept of Ulvsnesøy (prison island) - low security, 31 inmates
  • Bjørgvin prison - low security, 90 inmates
  • Youth unit - maximum 4 inmates
  • Dept. of Fossane (outside the prison walls, transitional department) - both for inmates and students who have finished their sentences

Educational offer includes:

  • Mechanics
  • Restaurant and food subjects
  • Construction
  • Arts, crafts and design
  • General theoretical studies
  • Internet-based courses
  • Physical education/training
  • ICT
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Basic (elementary) education
  • Technical school
  • Facilitation for studies at college and university
European Prison Education Association – Malta Branch

The EPEA-Malta Branch was set up in 2006. The Branch is a no-profit non-governmental organisation registered with Notary Patrick Qrieten according to the local laws. The current Chairperson and Secretary have been active in education in prisons since 1995 and members of the EPEA since 1997. Both Branch officers served on the EPEA Steering Committee for a number of years. The setting up of the Branch meant that the individual and collective effort of its members in the development of education in prisons was officially acknowledged by the Ministry of Justice and other relevant institutions in Malta. The Branch caters for the local development and monitoring of education in our prison system. Malta has one prison (Corradino Correctional Facility) that caters for all categories of inmates in separate, independent sections. We work in close collaboration with the prison administration in the implementation of projects and non-formal/informal educational activities.


Contact Details:

Vollzugsdirektion - Austrian Prison Service

The Austrian Prison Service (“Vollzugsdirektion”) was established in 2007 as the subordinate authority of the Austrian Ministry of Justice. It is the operative supreme authority in professional divisions and affairs of the public services law. The Administration Department of Penal System of the Ministry of Justice is responsible for strategically divisions.

The Austrian Prison Service is divided into five departments:

  • VD 1 - Department of Innovation, Project Management and Public Relations
  • VD 2 - Department of Care and Services
  • VD 3 - Department of Building, Inspection, Complaint and Security
  • VD 4 - Department of Human Resource Issues
  • VD 5 - Department of Finances and Economy

The Department of Care and Services is responsible for the organisation and structuring matters of care of the prison regime, juvenile and female inmates, inmates under an involuntary commitment order (psychiatric treatment) and prisoners on remand. Among other things it has to ensure the medical treatment and health-related care as well as rehabilitation and therapy. Furthermore, it has to guarantee social, psychological, psychiatric, pastoral and educational care. The one last mentioned includes the school system, general and vocational education and training. The Department of Care and Services took already part in former international education projects (e.g. TELFI, ECDL, RISE).

Austria has a total of 27 prisons: 7 penal institutions for adult men, 1 penal institution for male juveniles, 1 penal institution for women, 3 institutions for male inmates under an involuntary commitment order and 15 remand prisons.

In Austria about 9000 people are detained, about 46% are from foreign countries with about 100 different nationalities. About 6% of the prison population are female inmates, about 3% are juvenile offenders (age between 14 and 18 years) and about 8% are young adults (age between 18 and 21 years).

Nearly 3900 people are employed at the Austrian penal system, of which around 3200 are uniformed prison staff. The rest of the prison staff is from a variety of professions, e.g. doctors, psychologists, social workers, pastors, pedagogues, therapists, nurses, administrative personnel and more staff with specialised training history.

Website of the Austrian Prisons and the Austrian Prison Service:

Contact Details:
Mag. Andrea Moser-Riebniger
Stellvertretende Leitung Abteilung Betreuung
Kirchberggasse 33
AT-1070 Wien
Tel: 0043/1 907 69 97-2002
Tel: 0043/ 676 89 89 72002

Dipl. Soz.-Päd. (FH) Marit Weihen, MA
Abteilung Betreuung
Kirchberggasse 33
AT-1070 Wien
Tel: 0043/1 907 69 97-2017

Centre d’Iniciatives per a la Reinserció

CIRE, Centre d’Iniciatives per a la Reinserció, is a public body that depends on the Department of Justice of the Government of Catalonia.

The catalan Department of Justice entrusted CIRE with the social and labour reintegration of inmates. CIRE offers them vocational training and paid productive work in prison. The main aim of all pathways designed by CIRE is to give a second chance to people serving a sentence.

The most important business associations, chambers of commerce and trade unions do collaborate with CIRE and work together to break away from the stereotype of prison and to connect it to the working world.

Vocational Training

CIRE trains more than 3000 inmates in most wanted trades in collaboration with prestigious organizations and with the support of the Department of business and employment.
Vocational training has a triple objective:

  • To develop employability of people serving a sentence.
  • To increase qualification and capabilities and professional profiles of inmates.
  • To accredit vocational training and basic and specific training to have an added value to the Catalan ordinary market.

Prison work

In the Catalan prisons and education centres, CIRE provides work to inmates in its 70 workshops (carpentry workshops, printers, tailoring or locksmith’s). We also have a portfolio of 150 active companies.

In addition to the conventional productive workshops, CIRE has created a way to occupy inmates in services that are fundamental to enable the prisons to operate well, such as working in the kitchen, laundry and shop.

Inmates who are partially free have the opportunity to work outside in trades that are highly sought after in the employment market (plumbing, labourer, painting, electrics, cleaning of public and private spaces or fire prevention in forest areas, amongst others).


CIRE’S Employment Bureau, the bridge between penitenciary world and companies, is the first agency created this kind in Catalonia.

Inclusion Department is the last step in the reintegration process of CIRE’s policy; it’s aimed to people about to finish their serving sentences: global monitoring for active research of job offers in order to multiply the possibilities of reintegration.

Inclusion professionals offer advice during the entire process of active research of job offers: tailored training, legal advice on foreign matters and development of employability according to the ordinary markets needs.

The inmates acquire labour habits and professional competences as well as they are trained in trades in high demand in the ordinary market.


Contact Details:
Gerard Estalella Erill
Coordinador de Formació
Enric Granados, 33
08007 Barcelona
Tel: 93 554 44 19
Fax: 93 554 44 24

Centre for Education and Culture Trebnje

The Centre for Education and Culture Trebnje is a public organization, established by the Trebnje municipality to promote and develop adult education. The Centre offers a comprehensive range of education programmes: from elementary school for adults to secondary education programmes, as well as several non-formal education programmes (general education, training and courses). In recent years, increasing attention has been given to various projects which develop and encourage lifelong learning among different target groups to raise their level of literacy, especially socially disadvantage people (elderly, rural residents, Roma community members, unemployed...).

The main activities of the Center are:

  • Primary education for adults: it addresses all adults with incomplete elementary education wishing to complete elementary school and to enroll on further education courses.
  • Vocational and technical education in the areas of economics, catering, commerce, administration, tourism and pre-school education: they involve adults who have not managed to attain or complete their vocational or technical education during the regular education course or their existing education does not meet labour market requirements.
  • Courses: language courses, Slovenian for foreigners, computer literacy, accounting and bookkeeping courses, assistant chef, home-care and nursing.
  • The third age University is addressed to retired people and aims to prevent loneliness among them, to increase their inclusion in education and society, as well as to encourage active citizenship.

At the Centre for education and culture are organized different learning activities for different target groups:
adults, employees, older adults, the unemployed, rural residents, people with special needs, Roma people, prisoners and migrants.

The Centre for education and culture Trebnje participates in many project on the national level and on the European level:
MS4ROW, EIS-ALP, EXP-ROM, Free-it, Learning prison, where is promoted lifelong learning through national and Europe projects – to help people improve their skills and their job.


Contact Details
Barbara Jerovšek
Centre for Education and Culture Trebnje Kidričeva ulica 2, 8210 Trebnje, Slovenia
T +386 7 34 82 104

knowl Social Enterprise for Education & Lifelong Learning

What is knowl?
Knowl is a social enterprise aiming to expand the knowledge capital and make the 'knowledge society' more inclusive.

Why knowl is innovative?
Because it brings together the academic, entrepreneurial and research communities at an interdisciplinary level and develops integrated pedagogical models encompassing a wide socioeconomic spectrum.

What we do at knowl?
We provide education and training in a wide range of topics, by exploiting the expertise of educators, academics, instructors, consultants and diverse social actors from various fields like lifelong learning, entrepreneurship and business, creative and cultural industries etc.

How we do it?
We design training material and implement face-to-face workshops and webinars with a special focus on the needs of social groups at risk, as well as companies, organisations and individuals. As a social enterprise, knowl is taking account of the different socio-economic factors of our target groups such as financial resources, educational and cultural background, providing flexible enrolment patterns, and producing socially redeeming value for all.

Contact Details
Dimitris Raftopoulos
c/o the downtown cluster
Acharnon 335, 11145 Athens, Greece
T +30 210 83 12 868

Rideout - Creative Arts for Rehabilitation

Rideout is a small NGO based in Stoke-on-Trent, UK. Since 1999 the company has established a strong reputation for developing innovative arts-based approaches that tackle issues related to crime and social justice.

The company's work is split between projects that focus on work with prisoners where the aim is to challenge and assist participants in moving away from criminal lifestyles, and programmes that engage the wider public in discussion and debate about the form and function of criminal justice. More recent developments in the company's work include the creation of the Talent 4 assessment workshop. This is designed to help raise participants' awareness of their innate talents and skills, and so assist decision making in respect of future training and/or employment. This programme is currently the focus of a two year Leonardo TOI project (UK/12/LLP-LdV/TOI-594).


Contact Details:
Saul Hewish

Penitenciarul Ploiesti

The penitentiary is located in the centre of the Ploiesti city, on a surface of 5155 square meters, it has 7 buildings, for the inmates, work shops, inmates’ club, offices for the personal. etc. Ploiesti Penitentiary is specialized in custody of convicted male adult persons, who serve their sentence in semi-open regime. Educational activities are focused on preparing inmates for early release in order to facilitate their reintegration into society.
Ploiesti Penitentiary is part of the public order and national security system, reporting to the Ministry of Justice. Its main purpose is to keep in custody sentenced inmates and provide them with education and psychosocial support according to individual needs.
The prison intends to create and develop a social assistance system for prisoners based on collaboration with other public institutions, economic entities, governmental organisations and NGOs.
Social reintegration involves several institutions (probation services, NGOs) with whom the penitentiary develops educational and cultural projects. The partners’ main institutional aims are related to the identifications of inmates specific needs (educational, social, psychological) and to the organisation of specific interventions accordingly.

Ploiesti Penitentiary was involved in different local and international projects. Just to mention some of them:

  • GRUNDTVIG project – “A Sense of Being: building self-esteem”, (2009-2011)
  • GRUNDTVIG project-2011-2013 – “Informal Gate Mentoring”
  • Different national projects within the Human Resources Development Sectoral Operational Program 2007-2013

The penitentiary exploits different methodologies in its activities, such as Motivational interview, SWOT analysis, NLP tools. In its training activity it targets several groups with special needs, such as ethnic minorities – gipsy, illiterate adults, drugs addicted, elderly inmates, sexual offenders, inmates with mental disorders.

In the project Ploiesti penitentiary will provide its expertise in identifying strategies to build effective connections between prison training staff and local stakeholders. In doing this, it will host the meeting on how to create links with local public/private authorities and associations to support prison education.

The Educational Programs and Psychosocial Assistance

Activities developed by an educator

School activities, grades I-IV, Professional formation activities,  Learning program for wrinting and reading for the illiterate inmates , Education for the health, Education for the family life, Civic education program, Moral and religious education program , Sport activities , Painting workshop, Volunteering for the community,  Sanitation activities for the green spaces on the occasion of the “Earth Day”, Concerts, contests, exhibitions, theatre

Psychological activities
  • Psychological evaluation of prisoners using psychological methods and techniques
  • Psychological evaluation of vulnerable groups (Drugs and Alcohol addicted, elderly persons, Sexual offenders, young offenders)
  • Specialized Assistance for inmates – individually or in therapeutic groups (counseling, psychotherapy, short term therapies)
  • Managing negociation of crises situation
  • Participation with conclusions in some specific committees about prisoners - Parole Commission
  • Studies and researches in criminology and penitentiary system
Psychological evaluation of prisoners using psychological methods and techniques , Psychological evaluation of vulnerable groups ( Drugs and Alcohol addicted, elderly persons, Sexual offenders, young offenders ) ; Specialized Assistance for inmates – individually or in therapeutic groups (counseling, psychotherapy, short term therapies) ; Managing negociation of crises situation Participation with conclusions in some specific committees about prisoners – Parole Commission Studies and researches in criminology and penitentiary system

Contact Details:
Department coordinator, Prison education - Inmate Education and Psychological Assistance
T 004 0721299371

T 004 0244526834

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