CUP - Convicts Upskilling Pathways

CUP - Convicts Upskilling Pathways

The project secures Erasmus+ funding.

An international partnership led by Compagnia di San Paolo has gained Erasmus + funding in the area of Strategic Partnerships in adult education, ranking 2nd in the Italian classification.

Compagnia di San Paolo will engage in CUP – Convicts Upskilling Pathways together with Fondazione Casa di Carità Arti e Mestieri onlus, Casa Circondariale Lorusso e Cutugno Torino, Fondazione Emanuela Zancan onlus, HumanRights360 Civil nonprofit civil partnership, EPANODOS - The Greek Centre for the Social Reintegration of Ex-offenders, European University Cyprus, Ministry of Justice and Public Order of Cyprus, PI Vught and Tirantes. Activities will take place in Italy, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands.

During the 36 months of its implementation, CUP will design and test training modules based on technical skills with embedded learning for soft and basic skills, by engaging inmates and prison practitioners in 6 prisons across Europe.

Two of the challenges that CUP aims to effectively tackle are to successfully reach a target group of 120 men, 70 women and 20 young convicts and ex-convicts close to end sentence or on alternative measures, and to fully recognize the importance of working on soft skills, identified by employers as a core selection criteria in the hiring process.

Overall aim of CUP is to enhance female and male European convicts potential medium-long term employability, also by providing tools to evaluate and to measure the progress and the impact of actions promoting this goal and to foster convicts’ reintegration paths. This will contribute to strengthen the impact CUP intends to achieve at local, national and EU level on transforming the mainstream conception of prison education.

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme for education, training, youth and sport, with the EU committing € 14,7 billion to the programme between 2014 and 2020.



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