17th Reintegration Puzzle Conference

Rydges World Square, Sydney
19th-21st June 2024

Stepping Up

Stu Holmes

Program Lead WISE UP (Ex Offenders) / Founder (Advocacy for Those Exiting Jail)
WISE Employment / Green Collar

As Founder of The Green Collar Australia Stu has a combination of Lived Experience (Jail, mental health, addiction, loss of access to my children) and 20 years Recruitment and more recently AOD and Restorative Justice experience. Recently, Co Creator & Designer of WISE UP (Unleash Potential) – a program to assist the justice affected men and women, WISE Employment has as one of their key contracts with Victorian Government (and Workforce Australia).

Once company Director for one of Australia’s leading recruitment agencies, SMAART Recruitment (2005-2015) life was booming. But constant alcohol misuse led to a marriage a break down, resulting in poor choices, grief, drug addiction and other mental health issues as a result of limited child access and a career down the drain.

Ultimately, in 2019 he committed and Armed Robbery and spent 9 months in jail. It was then die, or live. Choosing to live The Green Collar was born (in Fulham Correctional Centre) to assist prisoners with resume writing and interview skills. As a contrast to Blue Collar (Trades and Working class traditional work), or White Collar (corporate) The Green Collar was designed to identify those of us with a desire for change and reintegration.
Now, 5 years on, clean and sober and appearing on many Podcasts and speaking appearances Stu is recognised by the Talent community and the formally incarcerated advocacy space as someone with a voice. WISE Employment gave the Green Collar and Stu a platform for some great work

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