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Code4000 aims to reduce reoffending by teaching prisoner’s software development, and to get them in to work on release. The programme is a Vodafone TechStarter Award winner 2019 and is the first of its kind in Europe.

We currently operate in HMP Humber and HMP Holme House, and with dynamic expansion plans for the year ahead, are looking to recruit a full-time Regional Manager to work across the North of England.

Candidates will ideally have experience of a regional role, live in the North of the England (ideally in the Yorkshire area) and be willing to travel regularly. We are looking for someone with a track record of business development, income generation and account management, and who can demonstrate a clear understanding of the challenges facing men and women in custody.

We provide a flexible working environment, a great team, competitive salary and excellent networking opportunities in the tech sector. This is a challenging and rewarding role that delivers concrete and tangible results for the benefit of individuals and communities.

 

Background

Code4000 is the first programme in the UK and Europe to teach computer coding to prisoners and takes inspiration from The Last Mile - an established prison coding programme that started in San Quentin in the US, but now also runs in several prisons in California

The programme exists to teach people a life-changing skill, computer coding, and get them back into the job market with the aim of reducing reoffending.

Code4000 is a non-profit making Community Interest Company that exists to provide prisoners with enhanced employment opportunities within the Tech industry to help to reduce reoffending by:

* Stage 1: Providing training to prisoners in custody in computer coding skills and professional work skills. (6 months Beginner/Junior Coders and a further 6 months Advanced/Senior Coders).

* Stage 2: Providing practical work experience to Code4000 Senior Coders, in custody, with real life work experience to enhance hard and soft skills and begin to build individual portfolios.

* Stage 3: Providing Code4000 Senior Coders with work experience opportunities whilst on Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL) – to support them in the transitional phase from prison to employment in the community.

* Stage 4: Guiding Code4000 Graduate Coders into employment or in an entrepreneurial endeavour on release. It is envisaged that these released Code4000 Graduate Coders would also act as peer educators and role models to future cohorts and ambassadors for Code4000.

 

Job Purpose:

The Regional Manager is responsible for Code4000 Operations on a regional basis, defined by Code4000 prison Workshops and Community hubs.

The role is split into two key deliverables:

  • Creating and Managing Candidate Pathways and
  • Creating and Managing commercial contracts.

Building a business network in the community and supporting the delivery of the programme within prisons is key to the success of the role.

The Regional Manager will support Code4000 values, aims and objectives in the execution of their duties.

 

Managing graduate Pathways

  • Responsible for Caseload Management of Coders in Code4000 Workshops, working on a 1:1 and group basis with candidates, moving them forward to agreed goals in terms of employability and skills.
  • Working closely with Classroom Facilitators/Workshop Instructors in removing potential barriers to employment.
  • Assisting the Regional Director and Curriculum Manager in developing and sustaining monitoring and evaluation information from workshop sites.
  • Working closely with Regional Director and Hub Operations team to develop relationships on a regional basis with potential ROTL/Employment opportunities for candidates.
  • To inspire team members and build a positive culture within the team.
  • To maintain excellent working relationships with all prison staff, Code4000 staff and other stakeholders.
  • Working with Classroom Facilitators/Workshop Instructors to ensure the success of the programme.

 

Business Development Pipeline            

  • Responsible for identifying potential new business opportunities, in partnership with Regional Director and Hub Operations management team to generate sales income and provide Coders with valuable work experience.
  • Coordinating and assisting with development of business development bids/tenders.
  • Managing the business pipeline from prison workshop to community hub and finally out to the customer as invoiced/completed projects. This will very much be in partnership with Hub Operations team and regional Director.

 

Salary Scale:

£24,905 - £27,750 pa

Responsible to:

The Regional Director (North), Code4000 and working closely with Hub Operations Managers.

 

Key Tasks and Responsibilities:

  1. Work with Workshop Instructors in each HMP location to support them to effectively and consistently deliver Code4000 programme in the North of England.
  2. Identify and bid for paid work opportunities, from a mixture of local and national companies and Central and Regional Government, with the objective of generating income of around £100,000 pa.
  3. In conjunction with Hub Operations Manager and prison Workshop Instructors, manage the successful completion of jobs to meet the brief of the client.
  4. In conjunction with Workshop Instructors support Coders in their learning and the development of their Portfolios.
  5. Gather relevant information from leavers in line with the Code4000 data gathering policy.
  6. Working with the Regional Director, identify job opportunities for Graduate Coders, for work experience whilst on Release on Temporary Licence (ROTL), and for full-time positions or apprenticeships on release.
  7. In conjunction with Workshop Instructors highlight any ideas to develop the learning programme or amendments to the current programme and feed these backs to the Regional Director/Curriculum Manager.
  8. To work in line with the Service Level Agreements between Code4000 and each HMP location and bring to the attention of the Regional Director any problem areas.
  9. To agree, with Workshop Instructors, Senior Coders who are sufficiently able to work on a commercial basis.
  10. Identify opportunities for local, professional volunteers, to add value to the programme by delivering training sessions to enhance Coding and work-related skills and in conjunction with the Curriculum Manager facilitate the Volunteers activity.
  11. To support the effective and robust evaluation of the impact of the programme by ensuring the necessary data is properly collated.
  12. To develop and maintain positive relations with service users, statutory and voluntary bodies within the local criminal justice arena and raise the profile of Code4000’s effectiveness.
  13. To develop and maintain positive relations with stakeholders; prison governors, key funders, local supporters and business’s and prison staff.
  14. To assist in ensuring that publicity, marketing and public relations support the aims of Code4000 and the fundraising plan.
  15. To ensure Code4000 operates within an anti-discriminatory framework, considering; race, gender, sexuality, disability and how these issues impact on prisoners and other stakeholders.

 

Experience:

Essential: 

  • Taking client brief and turning these into functional applications in an Agile fashion
  • Generating business leads and transferring these into paid work
  • Working in partnership and developing collaborative arrangements
  • Maintaining excellent working relationships with stakeholders and partners
  • Problem solving

Desirable Skills:

  • Building web based applications in either Ruby on Rails or Node.js and/or PHP
  • pushing to production
  • Hosting websites and web based applications
  • End to end software development and project management
  • Managing a small team of developers
  • Test Driven Development methodologies
  • Bidding Processes for Public Sector expressions of interest (EoIs), call-offs, and calls
  • to tender
  • Account Management
  • Contributing towards strategic planning
  • Working with offenders

 

Skills and Knowledge:

Essential:

  • Excellent communication skills and ability to influence stakeholders
  • Ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and at different
  • Levels of seniority
  • Ability to manage and motivate a team
  • Good literacy, numeracy and IT skills
  • Understanding the issues facing men and women in custody and of obtaining
  • Employment on release

 

Personal Attributes:

Essential:

  • Good time management
  • Self-motivated and resilient
  • Commitment to equal opportunities and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Full, clean driving license and use of a vehicle
  • Positive mind-set and solution focused
  • Proactive, adaptable and able to make decisions
  • Able to meet deadlines and work calmly under pressure
  • Ability to work diplomatically within a host organization
  • Desire for others to achieve success
  • Empathy
  • Motivational and positive

 

Closing date is Friday 22nd March 2019. Interviews will be held on Thursday 28th March in Yorkshire. Please send your CV and a cover letter describing how you meet the essential and desirable criteria, to rod@code4000.org

 

Code 4000 is exactly the kind of pioneering partnership that we need to encourage. It brings together prisons, businesses and teachers to address the country's demand for digital skills and local regeneration, and giving prisoners relevant employment and a new future.

PAMELA DOW
Chief Reform Officer, Catch 22

To give ex-offenders the confidence and skills they will need to get a job - and critically keep it - we need to engage prisoners in work experience and training in custody which accurately reflects the employment market in the communities they will return to. For the first time Code 4000 gives those in our custody the opportunity to engage in a training programme to become the ‘coders’ of the future.

JASON SWETTENHAM
Head of Public Sector Prison Industries, HMPPS

Having been deeply impressed after visiting The Last Mile prison rehabilitation program at San Quentin Prison in San Francisco in 2013, I was delighted to be introduced to Michael Taylor, who had aspirations to create a similar programme in the UK. Since that time, Michael has shown vision, creativity and tenacity in launching Code4000 at HMP Humber. I hope that he will continue to receive the support from the prison estate to extend this vital initiative across the country.

ANDREW DIXON
CEO, Arc InterCapital

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