Real Work Opportunities
workRestart is a not-for-profit social enterprise that aims to
empower people with an experience of incarceration to re-start
their lives and positively contribute to the community they live in.
We do this by:
Collaborating with our business and social enterprise partners to place ‘business behind bars’ to develop skills and real-world work experience on the ‘inside’.
Establishing social enterprises and connections to businesses with our partners that provide ‘next day out’ employment opportunities.
Co-creating enriching experiences for incarcerated people by helping them identify their potential.
Harnessing ‘double impact’ by establishing enterprises that serve our community in diverse areas of need.
All profits are reinvested into supporting social enterprises that employ people on their release.
The real-world jobs provide a pathway that prepares incarcerated people for a new life upon release. Our aim is to improve prisoners’ chances of securing stable employment, significantly reducing the rate of re-offending and helping to build a safer community.
10% - 25%
Almost half the people released from prison will be back within two years
Our impact from 10% - 25% depending on the program working with 350 people per year
WHAT WE DO
Our team is dedicated to empowering ex-offenders to restart their lives through employment and education.
We do this in three main areas:
BECOME A 'BUSINESS BEHIND BARS'
Interested to move a section of your organisation 'inside'?
We'll work with you to match your needs to your 'inside' workforce.
You provide on the job training and real-world work experience to the people in your team.
What would make you a good fit?
Having a social focus as part of your business
Sourcing non-time critical /non-urgent work you can move onsite
Ability to work with us to develop training and up-skilling for your team
Willingness to look at employing people in your team once released
How it works:
workRestart engages and supports all our businesses operating behind bars.
Work with you to understand your business needs
Review your business to ensure suitability
Help you get started with us & Queensland Corrective Services
Assist with workspace layout and process documentation
Help you select your prisoner workforce
Support your ongoing needs
"I'd never heard that I was good at something before" (R.C.)
"It's like there's a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I can see there are other options available to me" (M.Y)
I've just applied for a job, the interview was a bit scary, but I've got the job. I can't believe it." (D.M.)