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Employability and skills

Employability & Skills

At BCHA we are passionate about supporting people to make positive changes and turn their lives around - this may be through learning new skills, trying new opportunities and celebrating successes - the little ones as well as the big ones.

We recognise that every one of us is an individual, with different interests, skills and experiences, and that we can all learn from one another. We also have different aspirations, which is why we are all about working with you to define what you want to achieve and then supporting you to do this for yourself.

We offer a variety of programmes, which each provide continuous support you to achieve your goals; whether this is to attain a qualification, build skills to enter employment or start volunteering, you can be guided through our learning and work programmes.

Our success rates have proven the effectiveness of our courses as we provide learning and training opportunities for hundreds of people each year, supporting people into employment, volunteering and further education.

In terms of the criteria for our programmes, we accept people of all ages and abilities.

Click on the services below for more detail on our popular employability and skills programmes:

HMPPS Co-Financing Organisation Round 3 (CFO3) contract


We support people across the South West who are in the Criminal Justice system to reintegrate into the community. 


Participants who have complex levels of need voluntarily join the programme both in custody and in the community. We offer support in Bournemouth, Poole, Yeovil and Plymouth community settings and HMP Portland. 

We will be also be offering specific service support to participants who are care leavers. 



They are supported by our case managers to:


  • Become more stable and socially included.
  • Find work.
  • Gain skills.
  • Take control of their futures.
  • Be less likely to re-offend.

Our team works to meaningfully engage with participants, enabling them to get actively involved with their local communities and access the support options available so they can change their lives for the better.


Who can use this service:


People who are UK residents with permission to work, who are:

  • Unemployed.
  • Aged over 18.
  • Serving in custody or completing licence, sentence supervision or community order.


How to access this service:


Self-referral or referral via:

  • Prison resettlement teams.
  • Correctional Reception Centres and National Probation Service Offender Managers.
  • Specialist agencies.


How it’s funded:


RECOOP is funded via the HM Prison & Probation Service Co-financing Organisation (HMPPS CFO) until August 2023. HMPPS CFO is a £196m European Social Fund resettlement programme which delivers projects aimed at improving employability, which are seen as key to changing lives and reducing reoffending. We deliver it in the South West on behalf of Shaw Trust.

To learn more about the work of HMPPS CFO, please visit