For several years Federation University Australia has been contracted by Corrections Victoria to deliver VET programs to prisoners at Ararat (Hopkins Correctional Centre) and Langi Kal Kal.
This is part of the Government's and Corrections Victoria's strategy to increase prisoner participation rates in VET programs, with a particular focus on literacy and numeracy and vocational skills development. Research has shown that increased participation in VET programs can reduce recidivism and improve health and employment outcomes for prisoners.
FedUni currently delivers around 25 qualifications and short courses at Hopkins and Langi Kal Kal. These include adult basic education programs such as Certificates in General Education for Adults, Spoken and Written English and Vocational Preparation to improve prisoners' literacy and numeracy and work preparedness.
We also deliver several programs that provide prisoners with vocational training that aligns with employment opportunities in the community. Programs taught at Hopkins and Langi Kal Kal include a range of units from the Certificate II in Furniture Making, Certificate II in Construction Pathways, Certificate II in Warehousing Operations and Certificate II in Horticulture, as well as short courses in AutoCAD, first aid and OHS training.