Prison officers sit exams to teach IT

June 2004
IT Training;Jun2004, p6
Trade Publication
The article reports that the prison officers are taking professional information technology (IT) qualifications as part of a scheme to teach IT skills to inmates. In most of the 18 prisons that are involved in the scheme, the courses will be run by instructors from outside the prison service, but in some cases prison officers have taken the courses themselves so that they can run the training. Steve Hallett, a prison officer from Swaleside prison in Kent, has taken CompTIA's A+ and Network+ exams, and has completed four modules of Cisco's CCNA qualification. He attended intensive training courses run by the Training Camp, after struggling with online learning. Hallett and his collegues in other prisons, will interview inmates before they begin the training to identify their needs. The prisoners will then take part-time courses for six weeks, which will be delivered via an e-learning network provided by Cisco. A prisoner coming out with basic painting and decorating skills, or basic maths and English, will find it hard to find employment and they won't get the money they want, anyway, said Hallett.


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