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Working with Conviction
CONTEXTOver a quarter of the working age population has a criminal conviction (Home Office 2002)
At least 40% of men have a criminal conviction (Home Office 2002)
In excess of 30,000 people are convicted through the courts each year.(NI)
The single most effective factor in reducing re-offending rates..is employment.
JOBTRACKDirect interventions with offenders and ex-prisoners.
Direct engagement and support with employers.
JOBTRACK Model Jobtrack Prisons & Jobtrack Community
AssessmentSkills DevelopmentJob SamplingLinkage/BrokeringLocating in Job Market
Successful OutcomesExceeding target referralsCompleters -44% into employmentCompleters 78% obtained OCN Employment Skills qualificationService Users achieved 1000+ qualifications in range of vocational areas.
Successful OutcomesContribution to reducing re-offending:
Recidivism rates in NI 43%
Jobtrack leavers (within 18months of leaving the programme.) 24%
Why Involve Employers?
If we are to raise the levels of employability amongst offenders we MUST address their barriers to employment and the issues for employers.
Our ModelAdvice Line (supporting employers and applicants)
Ongoing Support / Opportunities
Employer TrainingThe Fair Recruitment of People with Criminal Convictions
748 people trained from 117 orgs1019 advice calls received11 Meet the Employer events4 Strategic Employer Forum Meetings
Cross Departmental Ownership
Employer / Provider Engagement
Employer / Provider Confidence
BENEFITS:Success for Individuals
Contribution to Economy
Reduction in (re)Offending
Welcome opportunity to meet today to share information on the work of NIACROs Jobtrack prgramme and learn from others ultimately establish useful links and partnerships.Looking at these statistics it is clear that individuals with convictions form a significant part of any potential workforce-an available resource pool for employers. Heres the question:!Farringdon et al: (1986)
the rate of offending during periods of unemployment was 3 times greater than during periods of employmentAndrew Bridges Increasing the Employability of Offenders (1998)
..with even the least motivated of offenders who were unemployed at the start of their supervision, those who experienced any form of employment intervention gained a job at twice the rate of those who did not
In presenting / outlining the Jobntrack model would say:Been operational in various forms 20+ years.LEMIS staff will recognise the model we are VERY happy that DEKL have adopted our model for the most hard to reach groups.Partnership PBNI/NIPS NIACRO lead ESF Funded matched by partners.PRISON AND COMMUNITY BASED: SPECIFIC SERVIXCES AND LINKAGE TO COMMUNITY.ALL UNDERPINNED BY A NEEDS BASED , FLEXIBLE MODEL OF SERVICE DELIVERY.Key: REFERRALS FROM PBNI/NIPS STATUTORY ASSESSMENT OF RISK INFORMATION PROVIDED ESSENTIAL FOR SAFE PLACEMENT ADVICE.GUIDANCE.Targets medium-high risk offenders.RECENT EVALUATION 2008-11 FOUND: SHOW COPY OF REPORT AVAILABLE:OVER 80% START jobtrack WITH NO QUALIFICATION OR BELOW LEVEL 1.POOR EXPERIENCE TRAINNG/EDUCATION; POOR EMPLOYMENT HISTORIES.KEY FACTOR OF SUCCESS REDUCING OFFENDING:
DIFFICLUT TO DEMONSTARTE IN LIFE TIME OF CONTRACTS BUT IN CONJUNCTIONS WITH PBNI AND NISRA FOUND EVIDENCE TO SHOW IMPACT OF PROGRAMME ON JOBTRACK SERVICE USERS.THIS FACT WAS MENTIONED AS MODEL OF BEST PRACTICE AND COST EFFICIENCY DURING DISCUSSION IN HOUSE OF LORDS IN SPRING2011.Offenders experience multiple barriers that severely impact on their ability to beceome active citizens/join labour market.Niacro VIEW THE BARRIERS IN CONTEXT OF Legislative; STRUCTURAL; ATTITUDINAL
NOTE: TERM EMPLOYER SHOULD BE CONSIDERED MORE BORADLY TODAY TO INCLUDE TRAINING PROVIDERS; CAREERS STAFF; J&B OFFICERS; LEMIS STAFF?Before dvd.
Like to take opportunity to thank jobtyack and lemis staff who have worked so hard to identify individual participants and respective employer placcements to help the pilot succeedsometimes staff who do the actual on-ground work can be forgotten at an event like this!Already evidencing the benefits of joint working; flexibility and shared goal = benefit service users.