A program offering training in construction is helping prisoners secure a job after release and break the cycle of reoffending.

The Vocational Education and Training (VET) Centre of Excellence program provides prisoners with the opportunity to obtain civil construction licenses and tickets.

Former prisoners have turned their lives around by using the program to find employment and pre-apprenticeship pathways and land a job in the construction sector, as well as warehousing and traffic control.

The program is delivered by Corrections Victoria in conjunction with Bendigo Kangan Institute and major employers in the civil construction industry. It provides prisoners intensive training over 12 to 15 weeks and focuses on practical skills such as operating forklifts, skid steers, excavators and elevating work platforms.

Program participants are also given the opportunity to meet with civil construction employers to discuss potential employment opportunities as part of their transition to work in the community upon release.

Corrections Victoria provides people in prison with training, education, employment services, and community reintegration programs to ensure they have the best chance of leading safe and productive lives when they return to the community.

There are five VET Centres of Excellence in Civil Construction and one VET Centre of Excellence in Welding across the state's prisons, aimed at supporting people in prison to get back to work.

Government funding will see the establishment of Employment Hubs and Employment Specialists in Prisons - connecting people to employment support and job opportunities prior to release.

The Victorian recidivism rate of former prisoners returning to prison under sentence within two years has remained lower than the national rate for the last five years.