Reducing the chances of reoffending
Lack of employment can be a major contributory factor to crime. Offenders who are unemployed are twice as likely to reoffend than those with a job. Problems with education, training or employment are behind the offences committed by 35 per cent of the probation caseload in our area.
Many offenders had poor school experiences and have little or no skilled work experience. They also have criminal convictions which are a bar to employment.
The purpose of helping offenders to gain employment is to reduce the chances of them reoffending and cut crime.
Staffordshire and West Midlands CRC’s education, training and employment officers organise the chance for offenders to improve their literacy, numeracy and IT skills and learn practical trades such as bricklaying, plastering and decorating.
We work with local partners to help offenders get qualifications such as the Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, which is necessary for work in the building industry, and other skills-related qualifications.
A team of people using our Education, Training and Employment services have made a short documentary film about how Probation works with offenders to improve their prospects.