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I am the Functional Skills Curriculum Manager at HMP Birmingham, placing significant emphasis on employability including potential future career aspiration a prisoner may have.

Tue 7 Aug 2018 - posted by administrator

I am the Functional Skills Curriculum Manager at HMP Birmingham, placing significant emphasis on employability including potential future career aspiration a prisoner may have.

I started at HMP Birmingham as a sessional lecturer just over two years ago and in 2017 I became a business lecturer, which is my specialism. This is my first employment within a prison education setting after I spent 26 years running many successful businesses, with my last business being an alternative provision for excluded children age 13+.

I thrive on challenges and have a passion for teaching, offering tuition to help local students to achieve better results in their relevant schools on evenings and weekends.

All of the lessons in HMP Birmingham are themed and linked to employability. Learners need to justify why they have enrolled on a course, which helps to maintain engagement and ensure they study topics relating to their past/continuing employment or future employment plans. 

I decided to join HMP Birmingham to help prisoners achieve as many qualifications as possible, getting them back into some form of employment or self-employment. It is a very rewarding job; you can see a difference from when they first start a course lacking enthusiasm to then seeing them develop and achieve. It is challenging, however, as a tutor you have to be adaptable and creative and that is what makes the job fascinating. Every learner is different and you get to meet interesting personalities.

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