Civic association ANDROS is an association that provides education for adults, seeks to develop conditions for general and constant access of individuals to new and revision of existing knowledge and skills and to stimulate their proactive approach to further education. Focusing at identification of the opportunities for education and assistance in the integration of individuals who served their sentence into society, the NEW START project has introduced new dimension to the education of adult learner in Slovakia.
The New Start is a project providing education to individuals serving their sentences and assistance in integrating such individuals into working cycle after they served their sentence. The project’s key objective is to facilitate access and return to work to the individuals having difficulties with the integration and reintegration at the labour market. The NEW START seeks to achieve the above aim by improving the qualification and standard of education for individuals serving their sentence and by proactive post-penitentiary care. Opportunities for good quality or specialised education of this group are limited. After having served their sentence and left the imprisonment facility, this group does not have equal chances when looking for a job.
This project attempts to give them an opportunity to be trained in IT skills and to receive the internationally recognised certificate of computer skills. Moreover, they are trained to present themselves before potential employers. Besides, they are receiving help in identifying suitable work. Help to find employment for individuals who had been released from a penitentiary and completed the self presentation, PC courses and motivation training is an important part of this project. Post-penitentiary care in this project is defined as contacting potential employers, mapping of labour market for this target group and helping them to get a qualified employment.