Watch: 5 UK grads tell us why they’re pursuing careers in the prison service
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Unlocked Graduates is the innovative new scheme that places top grads in prisons, mentoring prisoners and working alongside existing prison officers whilst earning a wage and studying at the same time.
Think of it like a Teach First, but with prisoners rather than children.
Here, five of those on the Unlocked Graduates programme tell us why they chose the scheme, and why it’s the right opportunity for them.
Clio, University of Cambridge
“The fact that I could do a masters and get paid full time, and to be given the opportunity to work in a really interesting environment... it wasn’t something I’d ever considered before.”
Harriet, University of Bristol
“Every aspect is focused on change, and really believing in changing institutions and social systems through individuals and people and the power that one person can have.”
Ryan, Manchester Metropolitan University
“You’re actually changing people’s lives... you’re making yourself better as a person.”
Summayyah, University College London
“You’re in a unique place... I’m realising more and more how many opportunities I have.”
Luke, Bangor University
“It’s definitely a worthwhile cause – targeting offenders, and helping some of those that are the most vulnerable in society.”