Research shows offenders who are unemployed are twice as likely to reoffend than those with a job. Some 55 per cent of our caseload are unemployed. Many of our service users have had poor school experiences and have little or no skilled work experience. They also have criminal convictions which are a barrier to employment.
Reducing the chances of re-offending
How do we help?
All service users under our supervision are screened to determine their employability and level of skills. Those who are identified as needing help are given support by our Employment, Training and Education (ETE) team. Our skilled ETE advisors help service users address skills gaps and gain training and employment.
Our ETE advisors deliver ETE support under the Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (an order of the court). For more details on that, visit the Rehabilitation Activities page.
Service users attend group or one-to-one sessions with ETE advisors.
- Help looking for work
- Assistance with job applications and brokering with potential employers
- Help accessing training and college courses
- Advising them how to deal honestly with questions about their offending history (see also Unlock’s disclosure calculator)
- Continuing support and contact once offenders have got a job to further
develop their skills
- Delivering careers advice and guidance as part of the National Careers Service
- We work with Ixion to support service users with complex needs find employment.