Adrian Bailey has been named as a finalist for the ERSA Employability Awards 2017, sponsored by Clarion Housing Group, in the Advisor of the Year Award category.

The Employability Award, now in their fourth year, celebrate and champion best practice from across the employment support sector. This year the awards were judged by Nick Butler from the Department for Work and Pensions; Andy Cook from the Centre for Social Justice; and Christine Chang from Big Society Capital.

Adrian Bailey  who works for Prisoners Abroad is shortlisted for the Advisor of the Year Award, sponsored by Alderwood, recognising an exceptional advisor who is delivering strong performance, having used personal experience to develop the programme.

Our specialist Resettlement service supports this marginalized group by providing wraparound services; housing; emergency provisions and one to one support. A key part this is the Work Preparation Programme which Adrian initiated, developed and now delivers.

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. At its heart is Adrian’s aim to build confidence and recognise transferable skills to improve employment opportunities. Adrian adopts a person-centred approach and has a deep understanding of the trauma and exclusion ex-prisoners face.

Since Adrian started the Work Preparation programme in 2012 it has come a long way. 193 people have taken part and 55 people have gained employment. It has developed from Adrian volunteering his time to now operating 2 days a week including tailored one to one sessions, group sessions and even offering telephone advice and support to those residing outside London.

  • 96% of participants said it helped them know more about how to put together a CV and write a job application covering letter, therefore acquiring greater knowledge of the UK job market.
  • 88% of participants said it helped them know more about how to prepare for a job interview.
  • 72% of participants said they felt more confident completing job applications.
  • 68% of participants said they felt more positive about applying for jobs and therefore more ready to engage with the process of finding work.

The process of being deported and being a prisoner is so traumatic that people can easily slip into despair and depression. My ambition is to prevent people reaching that point. It’s important for them to have positive influences so they have a brighter outlook on their future.


Adrian has shown outstanding qualities of humanity, courage and persistence. He inspires ex-prisoners to change their lives for the better, and gives them hope and strength for a new beginning away from crime.

The winners of the Employability Awards will be announced at a special ceremony held in London on 29 June attended by the Minister for Employment.

Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive, ERSA, said:

“This year’s award submissions demonstrate the extraordinary achievements of individuals and organisations across the sector and our judges had an unenviable task shortlisting the best of the best in each category. Common to every nomination is the passion and commitment they show to supporting employability and transforming lives, communities and businesses. These awards celebrate and champion the best of the work that goes on at the frontline every day in the sector.”

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