CORCAN's Offender Employability Skills Project: The Civilizing Power of Skills (2000)

CORCAN, an agency within the Correctional Service of Canada, is rehabilitating offenders by developing their employability skills.

Offenders generally lack the generic skills, attitudes, and behaviours needed to find and keep a job when they re-enter society. CORCAN’s Offender Employability Skills Project addresses that problem by helping offenders prepare for employment as part of their rehabilitation.

CORCAN’s focus on generic employability skills represents a significant shift from developing job-specific skills to developing non job-specific generic skills and behaviours that can be applied to many different jobs.

Developing generic employability skills has always been a program objective, but traditionally it has received less emphasis than job-specific skills development. However, those offenders who have such generic skills as a positive attitude and good work habits are more likely to find, and keep, a job.

Work experience training is particularly important for offenders, as they typically have a poor job record and few employment experiences from which they can acquire generic skills. Work experience increases employability skills, so offenders gain higher levels of employability skills by working. That, in turn, will make them even more employable in the future.

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2013-10-10
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Michael R. Bloom and Penny Brady. CORCAN's Offender Employability Skills Project: The Civilizing Power of Skills 2000. Web. 31 Oct. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/corcans_offender/corcans_offender.pdf>
Michael R. Bloom & Penny Brady (2000). CORCAN's Offender Employability Skills Project: The Civilizing Power of Skills. Retrieved October 31, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/corcans_offender/corcans_offender.pdf
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