Tom, 17, worked as a full time labourer before being convicted of supplying class A drugs and sentenced to 12 months at a secure training centre.

During Tom’s time in custody, he worked with Nacro teachers delivering core elements of the secondary and further education curriculum there. Upon release, Tom was able to continue receiving educational support from the same Nacro team that had worked with him during his time in custody.

Tom also approached other organisations to get help with pursuing specific qualifications to help fulfil his dream of starting his own construction business but he was turned down due to his criminal record.

Nacro’s resettlement team worked with Tom while in custody to create a CV, develop interview skills and secured a course for Tom to move onto after release, resulting in Tom being enrolled at one of Nacro’s 19 education centres across the country.

Tom started a full time Study Programme course including Maths, English, Level 1 Retail and Employability skills.

Tom has also taken part in outdoor enrichment activities, working towards the John Muir Award which includes learning survival techniques, building camp fires and shelters and learning about environmental sustainability.

Tom will take part in a number of work placements over the next six months, alongside employability support to get him ‘work ready’, and give him the best possible chance to progress into the construction industry.

Tom said:

“My life is totally different now.  I have the chance do better and I am so focused on achieving my goal to build a successful career in construction.

“All my time is occupied with studying and getting ready for future jobs, so I wouldn’t be tempted to go back to my old ways now. There is no way it would be worth it.”