The vocational training scheme at HMP Wandsworth is aimed at securing jobs for prisoners on release by giving them skills in high demand by employers, supported by the Department for Work and Pensions.
Bovis Lend Lease is supporting the scheme which has been set up in partnership with computing and technology experts Cisco and Panduit.
Cisco and Bovis are part of the Corporate Alliance, set up to promote employer engagement activities involving over 100 organisations.
Mr Hanson said: "Initiatives like the Academy at HMP Wandsworth are an inspiring example of how we can use the expertise and knowledge of both the private and public sectors to improve employment opportunities for prisoners on release so they don't return to a life of offending.”
Every year almost 12 million hours are worked in prison industries valued at around £30 million to businesses that depend on it.
Last year almost 40,000 prisoners went into training and employment at the end of their sentence.