About this study
The Virtual Campus is an ICT platform that gives Education, Training and Employment providers in prisons and offender-learners access to training materials to support release and employment, including secure access to secure websites.
You can read the full report here. Some important benefits of the Virtual Campus were that it:
levelled the playing field for offender-learners, as being in custody was no longer a barrier to searching for a job on the web and submitting a compelling CV.
streamlined Education, Training and Employment delivery which brought economic advantages.
improved delivery and performance from staff, helping them to feel more fulfilled in the workplace.
Potential policy impact
By the end of July 2011 the Virtual Campus will have been implemented in more than 50 prisons to support the skills development offered to offenders and a focus on employment with the ultimate goal of reducing re-offending.
This case study was based upon secondary analysis of Next Steps Test Beds evaluation data and qualitative interviews with the Virtual Campus project team.