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I am proud and humbled to be a Winston Churchill Fellow. I travelled to the US to explore how entrepreneurship can reduce recidivism and be able to bring back this knowledge to the UK. This experience led me to set up Entrepreneurs Unlocked after an eight year career with Novus, a prison education provider in England. As the Enterprise Partnership Lead I significantly increased the number of prisons that delivered workshops and courses on entrepreneurial skills development. Prior to this I worked in further and higher education with 16-19 year olds seeking a business management pathway to university, adults seeking personal development and corporate employees enhancing their leadership and management skills. Previously I worked for a small social enterprise as a community support worker and Investors in People Champion which was a humbling experience, being able to support those with the most needs. My first career was 20 years in engineering, manufacturing and business management.
For people with a criminal conviction, finding employment can be a significant challenge. One solution is preparing them to start their own business after leaving prison.
Prisons, reoffending rates and rehabilitation have always been an emotive subject in the UK, with over 83,000 people currently in custody in England alone.