Supporting people on probation to improve their lives in first year of ETE delivery

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Maximus is marking the positive impact of its Education, Training & Employment (ETE) support service, with more than 1,500 programme starts to date.

After being awarded four Ministry of Justice contracts in 2021, Maximus UK is the single largest provider of this new service, supporting participants in the North West, the West Midlands, London and Wales. The programme is supervised by the National Probation Service and is projected to deliver support to more than 45,000 people over three years.

Since the start of the contract, our advisors have provided more than 8,000 employability support sessions, with interventions including mentoring, disclosure advice, literary and numeracy skills sessions, and support with professional accreditations. They are moving our participants closer to the employment market by organising job clubs, CV and job searching sessions, work placements and signposting to specialist services.

Craig Walker, ETE Contract Director looks back on a successful first year of delivery:

“After a year of delivering the ETE programme, I’m extremely proud of the positive outcomes we’ve achieved so far – we have supported more than 1,500 people into formal education, structured training programmes and paid employment.

As our first experience of working in the Justice sector, our early success has been significant. The work we do has a direct impact in terms of protecting the public, as those who engage with our service are less likely to re-offend, reducing the negative impact of offending on families, victims and local communities.

Working with people on probation and in prison is both challenging and rewarding. We support a diverse group of people who often face multiple barriers, including homelessness or unstable accommodation, drug or alcohol dependency and other lifestyle difficulties.

I’m really proud of how our advisors have risen to the challenge of delivering these life-changing services. They go above and beyond to ensure every individual can achieve on our programmes.

Our approach involves building a person’s confidence and self-esteem to engage with us, identifying their strengths and developing their skills. We then set out realistic goals to help them move forward, keeping them motivated through training, before supporting them into education and employment. This work has a direct impact in terms of reducing reoffending and lessening the financial burden that offending places on wider society.

It’s been an inspiring step in our work to find new ways to help people transform their lives. We are looking forward to building on these achievements through further innovation in the year ahead, as we help more people move into education, training and employment.”

31 July, 2022

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