Reducing the chances of re-offending

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.

The purpose of helping them gain employment is to reduce the chances of them re-offending and to cut crime.

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 also deliver the ETE activity (as an order of the court). For more details on that, click here

Service users attend group or one-to-one sessions with ETE advisors.

Support includes:

  • 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 Serco to support service users with complex needs find employment. For more details, see the Serco Job Deal website here.

Thames Valley Community Rehabilitation Company excels in its ETE service. We are frequently commended in Ofsted inspections and our results also speak for themselves. In 2013/14, we exceeded our target to get service users into work by the end of their time with us and to sustain employment.