Teaching prisoners how to code

In early 2019, I partnered with Code4000 to set up an employment hub in Sheffield to employ and train five ex-offenders as software developers. Code4000 is Europe's first prison coding workshop, helping to break the cycle of crime. My role was managing and mentoring ex-offenders and prisoners currently working at Yoomee whilst released on a temporary license (ROTL).

Five years previously, I started a small experiment to teach a young offender to code, but back then I didn't have the resources to apply the lessons learned. By working with Code4000 I was able to mentor a number of prisoners so they can find tech jobs when they are released.

The first graduate from the scheme spent the last 10 months of his prison sentence doing daily work experience at Yoomee in Sheffield. Upon his release he was able to start a job at Metro Bank in London as a Java Developer.


Above: Josh (left) the first graduate with mentor Ryan (right) working in the employment hub at Yoomee

Above: Josh (left) the first graduate with mentor Ryan (right) working in the employment hub at Yoomee