Professional Staff Training

The national corrections officer turnover rate is more than 30% because of issues such as training, lack of career advancement, and, in some cases, poor pay. GTL recognizes that a new era of training and learning is necessary for today’s corrections staff.

Educational Opportunities for Officers and Staff

GTL’s professional staff training programs provide a complete, technology-focused education solution that enables facilities to attract and retain a multi-generational workforce, as well as assist officers and staff members to grow in their jobs, efficiently perform duties, and climb the career ladder.

GTL is unique in its partnerships and customizable solutions. We can include and package all software, hardware, and content via tablets or classroom computers. Our staff helps your facility gain operational efficiencies by automating, digitizing, and reducing costly, manual processes such as test giving and grading. Our paperless solution offers a virtual audit trail. Now you can store and quickly retrieve auto-graded reports directly from the system. What’s more, you can easily create or convert your own home-grown courses or content within the LMS.

Correctional officers who may not have access to a desktop computer can now do their in-service training on tablets in the field. From pop-up quizzes to discussion threads, they can follow along in real-time and directly engage with a staff instructor while learning is taking place.

  • Pre-Service Training includes support for correctional officer academies and content that is eligible for college credits.
  • In-Service Training supports wellness and staff development.
  • Certification Training helps staff members obtain industry-recognized credentials.

GTL’s customizable training can be utilized by staff members of all levels and individuals can match courses to their needs and learning pace. Corrections officers that have gone through additional training are more efficient in their jobs and offer a higher-degree of safety and security not only inside a correctional facility, but outside, too.

Professional Staff Training

In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.