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    Vocational guidance for people removed from employment and securing of their career paths

    Recruitment, counseling, training and preparation for reintegration

    Involved in the public market for delegated management of services to correctional facilities since 1987, GEPSA was quick to realise the importance of taking a global approach. Accordingly, the company soon expanded its range of services to include vocational guidance and employment support for detainees.
    The company has proven expertise across the whole chain of support for the sensitive public sector : recruitment, vocational guidance (including towards outsourcing workshops), job training and preparation for re-integration.

    In 2015, in response to the law on mobilizing growth, employment and the promotion of territorial equality, GEPSA founded a subsidiary, GEPSA Institut : this new branch would increase GEPSA’s capacity to meet the demands of regional councils now responsible for providing vocational training in correctional facilities. GEPSA Institut specializes in vocational training and guidance for people removed from employment, preparing them for re-integration into the labour market.

    Vocational Training

    GEPSA Institut is an accredited vocational training organization with more than 100 trainers at 45 sites.
    The training provided leads to a pre-qualification or certification from vocational branches, from the French ministry of National Education, the ministry of Labor and DRAAF (Regional Directorate of Food, Agriculture and Forestry), in the following areas :

    GEPSA takes into account the situation and labour market of each locality, tailoring its programmes accordingly to offer training that is consistent with recruitment demand.

    Over the last 3 years, GEPSA Institut has obtained the following results :

    Training sessions
    Internship hours

    Vocational guidance and integration into the job market

    Conducted by occupational psychologists and guidance counsellors, this service is set out in modules. The duration of these modules and the frequency of the training sessions are determined by the individual employment integration needs of those attending.

    This service is of a sensitive nature, since those in training are disadvantaged people who often have no previous work experience. This means that the counsellor’s guiding role is vital to the success of the integration pathway, from the moment a person joins the program and throughout the whole process; a process that has to be flexible and modular in order to fit the constraints of detention. It is therefore important to take a comprehensive approach that draws on all available tools (work in manufacturing workshops, training, integration bodies) so as to optimize the effectiveness of each of these tools, in a coherent and structured programme.

    1. Short-term service to validate an employment project

    2. Medium-term project to refine en employment project

    3. long-term service to develop a plan to implement a project

    At the 13 sites at which GEPSA Institut provides vocational guidance and integration, more than 1,000 people have been guided by 8 psychologists and counsellors to the following outlets :

    Internal training

    Manufacturing workshops

    Sentence adjustments

    Our clients have faith in us

    Start date : 2018
    Duration : 4 years

    Services provided by GEPSA Institut

    Professional qualification: Chef Professional qualification: Catering agent
    Professional qualification: Hygiene and cleanliness agent Professional qualification: Order picker
    Pre-qualification in logistics Professional qualification: Warehouse agent
    CAP Warehousing and messaging Introduction to building trades, interior sector
    Entry to green spaces maintenance Professional qualification: Order picker

    Start date : 2018
    Duration : 4 years

    Services provided by GEPSA Institut

    Professional qualification: Chef Professional qualification: Catering agent
    Learn to be a chef Learn to be an Equipment electrician
    Learn to be a Sales officer Acquire basic business skills and techniques

    Services provided by GEPSA Institut
    Personalized Steering Programs for Integration into the labour market.
    Assisting detainees in the development and implementation of their employment path, on behalf of the interregional pentitentiary service departments of Lille, Bordeaux and Rennes.

    Year 2016-2017
    Funding authority Ministry of Justice – Bordeaux INIT
    Persons concerned Detainees or Persons Placed Under Justice (men and women)
    Staff 2016 (9 months) : 167 ; 2017: 362
    Average duration Average per month : 2016 (9 months): 70h; 2017: 113h
    Results obtained 2016 (9 months) : 7 Sentence adjustments and 3 permissions for « integration » leave
    2017 : 29 Sentence adjustments and 15 permissions for « integration » leave
    Year 2010-2018
    Funding authority Pentientiary Administration management
    Persons concerned Detainees or Persons Placed Under Justice (men)
    Staff 2017 : 277
    Average duration Average per month in 2017 : 72h
    Results obtained 2017 : 8 Sentence adjustments

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