Over 30 businesses will set out their stall in Mounjoy Prison today as part of a scheme by the Irish Association for the Social Integration of Offenders.
For the first time, employers will be going in to the jail to interview and assess over 40 prisoners for potential jobs on their release.
The inmates have been chosen based on their engagement with prison services, and their acquiring of a skill or trade while serving their sentences.
The expo is being organised by IASIO. Its CEO Paddy Richardson says the organisation knows that providing employment opportunities cuts down on re-offending which makes communities safer.
"It is true they have committed a crime and come to us with a question mark hanging over them as to what they might or might not do in the future. However, with the right attitude and support, change is possible and that question mark begins to fade as they are supported into something more rewarding.
Our clients often face multiple personal challenges i.e. addiction, health and education, training deficits, homelessness and prejudice. Our aim is to foster within the person a belief that change is possible, work with them and then help organise the practical supports to effect that change."