Development and testing of a process chain for the placement of former detainees as specialists in the labour market

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IPS_Innovative Prison Systems


01/01/2022 – 30/06/2024 (30 months)

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Facilitating ex-prisoners reintegration in the labour market

The VISION project aims to mitigate one of the most felt difficulties of inmates’ post-release: obtaining rewarding employment. For this purpose, this initiative seeks to develop the inmates’ competencies through VET (Vocational Education and Training) programmes. The outstanding feature is that they will be supported by Virtual Reality (VR) technology.

This kind of intervention in offender rehabilitation includes a training programme for educators/trainers. The VISION train-the-trainer course seeks to improve their teaching skills and instruct them on how to deliver the VR programme to final clients.

Hence, this project will help inmates be better prepared to find and retain a job. Ultimately, VISION will support successful social reintegration, which will contribute to recidivism reduction and public safety.


  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Portugal


  • National Agency Education for Europe at the Federal Institute for Vocational Training
  • ERASMUS+ KA220-ADU – Cooperation partnerships in adult education


Connect prisons with companies that would like to employ ex-inmates as trainees, apprentices or qualified specialists, and voluntary structures that would like to build up an accompanying social network.

Continued use of the developed instruments beyond the project’s lifespan.

Establishment and expansion of regional networks and creation of a tested model for the process chain of documentation interchange.

Expected outcomes

A database-supported systematisation of companies that would like to offer internships, training or jobs for released offenders.

Observation sheets for prison staff to objectively record key competencies of inmates that can be of crucial importance for working life.

Program-based collection of school grades by correctional officers, allowing the identification of inmates passible of being registered for vocational school certificates.

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