Education, Training and Employment

An offender carrying out a Learndirect training programme on the computer

Lack of employment can be a major contributory factor in offending.  Research shows that offenders who are unemployed are twice as likely to reoffend than those with a job. 

Many offenders had poor school experiences and have little or no skilled work experience.  They also have criminal convictions which can be a barrier to gaining employment.  If offenders can access training and education it will help them gain employment, reduce reoffending and cut crime.

All offenders are screened at the start of their community sentence to determine their level of skills and employability.  Those who are identified in need of help are referred to other organisations to help them address skills gaps and gain training and employment.