“Employment can reduce reoffending by over a third, saving the taxpayer more than £300 million per year.”The Prison Reform Trust
Research has demonstrated that there is a significant link between employment and a reduction in re offending. We aim to get more offenders into jobs and to help increase their skills, which helps improve their chances of gaining work.
All offenders supervised by us are assessed to establish their employability needs and level of skills. Those who are in need of help are referred to appropriate removals training and employment support organisations to address skills gaps. Once offenders find work, they are supported by us to help them sustain their employment.
Offenders are helped to:
- develop the understanding and motivation to engage in skills and employment activity
- improve their skills in literacy and numeracy
- develop their personal and social skills
- complete job applications with potential employers
- access training and college courses
- look for work
- deal honestly with employers with questions about their offending history
Specialist provision is offered for:
- women only learning groups
- groups of Community Payback offenders in Newcastle and Sunderland
- support for offenders with an ex forces background
Services are delivered by:
- Pertemps People Development Group – vocational training and job seeking
- EASE and Escape Family Support – information advice and guidance
- Newcastle College, Northern Learning Trust and North Tyneside Learning Alliance – literacy and numeracy
- Media Savvy – learning engagement
Veterans Employment Skills Project – VESP
VESP aims to support offenders who have served in the armed forces to:
- understand and adjust to the civilian employment world
- overcome any behaviour or attitude problems
- improve literacy and numeracy skills
- Gain access to work, receiving support throughout the duration of the contract
Offenders who engage with VESP receive a personal, skills, training and employment seeking service, provided by staff with a forces background.
Funding for education, training and employment (ETE) activity comes from a wide range of sources including the Skills Funding Agency, European Social Fund, NOMS and local authorities.