Employers’ perception of best practice in prison education

YouGov and Education Development Trust

The aim of this research report is to understand how employers perceive ex-offenders leaving prison, and what can be done to promote employment among this group

In addition to understanding the impact qualifications and training may have on employment prospects, the research explores how employers rate the usefulness of prison education and where these perceptions stem from. The report is broken down into broad themes which are explored in turn within the report:
The general approach employers take to hiring new candidates and what policy may exist on exoffenders within their organisation;

  • Employers’ direct experience of employing ex-offenders (among those employers that have done so);
  • Attitude toward employing ex-offenders in the future among all employers;
  • Barriers that exist in employing ex-offenders and factors which may help to further promote their employment.

The report principally compares the responses from employers who have hired ex-offenders with those from employers who have never done so. Where patterns emerge the findings are further analysed by, among other factors, sector, industry, and size of organisation. All comparisons reported are statistically significant, unless otherwise stated.