releasing potential,
inspiring employment

releasing potential,
inspiring employment

Prison impacts people in many ways, one of the most significant of which is the challenge of finding employment when released. Securing employment is one of the key factors in successful resettlement and yet according to Ministry of Justice statistics in 2015 only 27% of people being released from prison had a job to go to.

However, with the right preparation, people coming out of prison with a strong desire to get life on track, can be real assets to a workforce. They bring determination, commitment and focus and are more likely than the average applicant to value the opportunity that employment offers.

StandOut offers a unique opportunity to men in HMP Wandsworth to prepare for release by getting them work-ready. StandOut equips trainees with the tools, skills and mindsets needed to apply for work and to reengage with society with confidence. StandOut has a well-proven pedigree having been developed in partnership with the Spear Course, a highly successful Resurgo programme working with disadvantaged young people to prepare them for employment. Please visit them at

StandOut offers a unique approach to addressing the skills gap commonly identified by employers.The course uses coaching techniques to build selfconfidence and self-esteem, raise aspirations and motivation and release the potential in trainees through challenging mindsets and attitudes. Trainees develop teamwork, leadership and communication skills, and work on their interview skills with realistic mock interviews held by business professionals. All trainees prepare professional and personalised CVs and disclosure letters and practice handling a face-to-face disclosure conversation.

Bringing the outside in to prison is also the motive behind employer visits to the course – these are not necessarily recruiting events but are about dispelling myths and raising ambition and motivation in trainees so they increase their awareness of the options that might be open to them.

The course combines time spent developing work skills and tools with mind-set work designed to increase trainees’ confidence and skills in handling conflict and to encourage them to develop their resilience, emotional intelligence and motivation, all of which play a key part in the likelihood of long term success on release.

Having worked with trainees in prison, StandOut coaches are then available for through the gate support, encouraging them as they make job applications, prepare for interviews and connect with other support services.

The StandOut way of working is to deliver to the highest professional standards, to support other professionals and to network wherever appropriate. We believe this ensures the best possible chances of success for our trainees.

“The StandOut Course has helped me in so many ways, my confidence is boosted, I’m enthusiastic and ready to work. I now have an up to date CV, a letter of disclosure and a job on release.” StandOut Trainee

releasing potential,
inspiring employment
Penny Parker
Penny's background was as a corporate lawyer at City firm Freshfields. On a career break she got involved as volunteer in her local prison. Penny trained as a tutor with Prison Fellowship and started up and led their Sycamore Tree programme for 12 years in HMP Wandsworth. She was involved in rolling out Sycamore Tree in HMP Bronzefield and HMP Pentonville and also has experience of tutoring the course with long term prisoners. Penny was a Trustee of Prison Fellowship for several years and acted as Interim CEO in 2015. Penny has also volunteered with the Prison Reform Trust supporting work around mental health and criminal justice issues. She has a Masters degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice from Kings College, London and believes in second chances and releasing potential in those preparing for release from prison.
Jo Fellows
​Jo's background is in group facilitation and project management and she has extensive experience leading employability services for those with additional barriers to employment. Her experience includes 4 years working with the award winning Spear course, partnering with IBM through her work with City Gateway and designing a 1-1 service for those leaving custody or care. Jo is passionate about equipping people coming up for release with the tools, skills and confidence to step into sustainable and fulfilling work.