Employment Advisory Boards

What are Employment Advisory Boards?

Employment Advisory Boards (EABs) were launched to advise, support and challenge prisons on their training and employment offer to prisoners and prison leavers. Their goal is to see more people leave prisons and enter sustainable employment.

A view of a group of men and women in discussion around a group of three tables in a well lit, white walled room. It is an Employment Advisory Board in session.

The Boards cover 92 prisons across England and Wales, including all resettlement prisons. Each Board is chaired by a business leader from companies such as KPMG, Lotus Cars and Sodexo. They draw membership from their business networks, other leaders within local communities, organisations which support the transition from custody into the community, and people with lived experience

The concept was the brainchild of James Timpson, Chief Executive of Timpson Group. Employment Advisory Boards are a partnership between His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, New Futures Network and The Timpson Foundation.

“They are working incredibly effectively and positively challenging prisons on employment in a way that has never been done before. The Governor’s see them as a fantastic tool to help their men and women change their lives.”

James Timpson, CEO, Timpson Group

How they deliver

Employment Advisory Boards work closely with prison Governors and staff working across education, employment and resettlement, to understand where they can add value. Boards can provide support such to:

“Employment Advisory Boards are a game-changer for prisons. The expertise that Board members will share will be invaluable. The aim is for this intelligence to inform the education and training offer in prisons and work opportunities that prisoners take up.”

Duncan O’Leary, CEO, New Futures Network

For more information, contact us at NewFuturesNetwork@justice.gov.uk