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Detainees to get coding workshops to help them return to work

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P risons are often not the most technology-savvy locations. Regardless of talk that wrongdoers could one day be given laptops in Britain’s so-called “cushiest” prison, they are, for the a lot of part, cut off from the outside world. However that might be ready to change with prisons set to become hotbeds for the next generation of coders.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport today is revealing a ₤100,000 award for a scheme which aims to teach over 1,000 prisoners how to code.

Digital Minister Margot James said the Code4000 task will equip offenders with “coding skills to help them into life-changing work” and aims to ” stop the cycle of reoffending”.

” This task has changed my life,” states Josh, who took part in the trial of the scheme at HMP Humber. “In a time of uncertainty and stress I was handed a lifeline. I have never ever been so sure before now of what I desired from life and how I was going to accomplish it. I am not even fretted about employment on release any longer. I’m going to smash it.”

Figures released in 2015 by the Federal government reveal that less than a fifth of individuals remain in constant work a year after leaving jail, with some employers still reluctant to work with those with convictions.

T his presents an issue, provided it has actually been well-documented that those in work are less likely to reoffend– an issue which costs the UK economy as much as ₤15 bn every year.

Ash, who was also part on the scheme in Humber, stated the schemes are essential to keep former offenders on the right path. “Without the continuous and limitless help which I got from the Code 4000 group, I am pretty sure that I would already be back in prison,” he states.

Code4000 has said it currently has a 100 pc success rate in regards to reoffending, and will be utilizing the funds to establish a center in Sheffield, where prisoners can then receive training and mentoring after they have left prison.

The newest award belongs to a broader ₤ 1.2 m plan to assist people from underrepresented groups into digital functions, such as information analysts and software developers.

According to federal government statistics, out of work grownups are 5pc most likely to do not have basic digital skills compared to the national average.

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Ronald Antonio O'Sullivan OBE (born 5 December 1975) is an English professional snooker player who is widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the history of the sport. He has won five World Championships, a record seven Masters titles, and a record seven UK Championships, setting a record total of 19 titles in Triple Crown tournaments. He shares the record for the most ranking titles (36) with Stephen Hendry. His career earnings of over £10 million put him in first place on snooker's all-time prize-money list. Winning the Tour Championship on 24 March 2019 made him the sport's current world number one, the fourth time in his career that he has held the top position and the first time he has been number one since May 2010. This is the longest gap between number one spells by any player in history.