Systematic Transition from Prison into the Labour Market


01/2022 – 07/2024 (30 months)

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Providing a capacity-building framework
to prison services and private industries set effective prison work strategies

Prison work has been a recurrent topic for many national and European projects throughout the past years, and STEP2LAB intends to complement these. This project aims to work with prison services and private industries in need of human resources.

The project’s objective is to support these industry actors to create effective and collaborative social and labour reintegration roadmaps for prison inmates. The programme aims at individuals serving shorter sentences or at the end-of-sentence. Moreover, the target is a younger audience with the goal of capacitating and motivating them to pursue a professional career and follow a sustainable living project.


  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Spain


  • ERASMUS+ KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training


Produce a model of guidance, training and reintegration based on a collaborative approach between prison services and private industries.

Develop an induction training standard for inmates willing to acquire new industry-specific competencies needed in the current job market.

Enhance the development of career plans, including continuous learning, job qualification and employers’ preparation for the recruitment of inmates after release.

Expected outcomes

A vocational guidance programme that includes a basic competencies induction in a specific industry, developing a career plan, and testing internships programmes while completing the prison sentence.

A certified induction module for VET education.

A STEP2LAB Catalogue: Integration of Case Studies – with examples of each country's successful vocational guidance and professional reintegration programmes.

A customized e-learning platform to support training content.

A training of trainers course to be delivered to prison and private industries staff on setting up and managing STEP2LAB processes and models.

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