News and Media News stories Prisoners Abroad Wins ERSA Employability Award Adrian Bailey has won Advisor of the Year at the ERSA Employability Awards 2017! In 2012, in collaboration with our Resettlement Team, Adrian began volunteering delivering workshops to help ex-prisoners prepare for employment. The Work Preparation Programme aims to increase employment by developing CV and IT skills, advice and guidance on how to disclose convictions, and encouraging training and volunteering as a pathway into employment. Adrian’s personal experience of imprisonment enables him to reach individuals in a very effective way; he adopts a person centred approach and has a deep understanding of the trauma and exclusion ex-prisoners face. Adrian recognises transferrable skills and builds confidence to improve employment opportunities. Not only does Adrian use his expertise for the Work Preparation Programme, but he also supports the wider organisation. He looks for opportunities to support ex-prisoners into employment and he demonstrates this by attending the Prisoners Abroad Resettlement Support Groups (peer-to peer support meetings) each month. He seeks to remind people of the skills they possess and how to enhance employment opportunities at every stage of their resettlement. Of the clients who participated in the 2015-16 Work Preparation Programme: 68% of participants said they felt more positive about applying for jobs and therefore more ready to engage with the process of finding work. 72% of participants said they felt more confident completing job applications. Adrian plays a huge role in transforming people’s lives. Press enquiries should be directed to Emily Richards 020 7561 6835 [email protected] Notes to Editors The Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) is the representative body for the employment support sector. ERSA’s membership spans the private, voluntary and public sectors and ranges from large multi-nationals through to small specialist charities. It has over 250 members, including all prime contractors of the Work Programme, Work Choice and other major programmes. The majority of its members are not for profit. The full list of finalists for the ERSA Employability Awards 2017 can be found on the ERSA website ww.ersa.org.uk. Prisoners Abroad is a human rights and welfare charity providing humanitarian aid, advice and emotional support to people affected by overseas imprisonment. We assist British citizens during their incarceration, when they return to the UK and need access to resettlement services, and we also support their family and friends throughout the trauma.