Unlocked turns talented graduates into inspiring leaders through a two-year development programme focusing on prisoner rehabilitation and reducing reoffending.

Who are/what is Unlocked?

Unlocked is a unique two-year leadership development programme aimed at attracting a different kind of leader to work in prisons and focus on rehabilitation and reducing reoffending. 

Currently, 46% of prisoners reoffend within 12 months of release, creating yet more victims, causing untold damage, and costing the UK more than £15bn. Graduates joining Unlocked will help to tackle this. They will develop as inspirational leaders, capable of changing behaviour and supporting prisoners to make positive choices. They will also acquire skills and experiences that transfer to other employment and leadership settings, and gain a master’s degree alongside working as prison officers in category B or C prisons in London and the South East. 

After the two-year programme, they may choose to stay within the prison and rehabilitation system, leading institutional change from within, or accept other career opportunities where their skills and experiences will be valued. They will be part of a network of informed advocates for change, influencing perceptions of prisoners and supporting the creation of further opportunities for them to reintegrate with society. Unlocked is supported by a number of prestigious organisations who recognise the importance of its mission and quality of its leadership development programme.


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