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Through the Gate Support Programme

Kick Off in Business operates across a large number of public and private prisons providing the offender population with qualified and accredited ‘through the gate’ business start-up advice and support. Across the HMP estate, over 100 learners attend our courses every week.

Although delivered through the education department, our specialist Trainers are all self-employed, have NOMS clearance and are fully qualified to provide business start-up advice. Our refreshing, informative start-up events are quickly becoming the first choice for many learners and providers. Since Kick Off in Business switched from outside to in, the programme has helped over 2,500 people.

Our ‘through the gate’ support provides a clear pathway, priceless continuity and stability for learners at a time when the landscape is cluttered, noisy and confusing. This support extends to working with other specialist ex offender agencies to tailor a package of support to the specific needs of each learner. Each of our courses carry a formally recognised business qualification. They are delivered via a series of short, punchy, fun and engaging sessions designed to provide learners with sufficient information for them to launch a business.

Support for learners immediately after release can have a significant influence on their resettlement. Our Through the Gate aftercare package is available to all learners across the UK, wherever they relocate. All they need to do is pick up the phone to speak with one of our specialist team. The telephone number is 0333 005 0344. This gives access to a full and comprehensive range of start-up advice tools and references.

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