Cooking classes help inmates
Almost 20 inmates at Invercargill Prison have been training in catering during the past year.
Prisoners with poor reading and arithmetic skills are getting a boost through an initiative which embeds literacy and numeracy education with trade training.
At Invercargill Prison, 18 prisoners started catering training embedded with literacy and numeracy in catering between July 1 last year and June 31 this year.
Forty-eight prisoners have also started training at the Otago Corrections Facility in catering, grounds maintenance, engineering and carpentry.
Corrections offending training and education manager Kris Dahl said a large number of prisoners had low literacy and numeracy skills which affected their educational achievement, job prospects and wellbeing.
Prisoners were less likely to offend if they were assisted to re-integrate into the community by giving them opportunities to learn valuable skills, achieve nationally recognised qualifications and help them to find sustainable work after release, he said.
"Corrections has long known that low levels of literacy and numeracy among prisoners are among the major barriers to educational achievement and finding sustainable jobs upon release."
As at June 2013, 1690 prisoners across the country had taken part in trades training education embedded with literacy and numeracy.
At Invercargill Prison, two catering instructors deliver embedded literacy and numeracy and a forestry instructor is in training.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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