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Essex Probation

Education, Training and Employment

Many offenders come to their Community Orders with few or no skills. Criminal convictions also decrease the likelihood of obtaining work – the very thing which helps prevent further criminality. We set out with our local partners to improve literacy, numeracy and practical trade skills, supporting offenders in accessing training courses, gaining qualifications and helping them with jobsearch. CV writing, interview preparation and job applications are also part of the brief.

Essex CRC bases Education, Training and Employment (ETE) Officers, in each office. They complete Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) sessions with offenders and work with them and their Offender Manager to facilitate access into provision and support for those ETE needs they have identified. We develop strong relationships with other local organisations in the ETE field to provide offenders with as much information as possible about the services available to assist them.

One of the key referrals we make for offenders is to Job Deal, a programme open to all offenders over 16 years old and either serving a custodial sentence with less than three years to run or completing a community sentence. Following referral to Job Deal, offenders receive back-to-work support including top-up training, skills-for-life courses, work placements, assistance with job search, applications, CVs and interview skills.

Job Deal is managed through NOMS and the prime contractor in Essex is Serco, who deliver the contract through two subcontractors; Seetec and Ixion. We have regular meetings with Serco, Seetec and Ixion to ensure the best outcome for those offenders in need of training and work.