Successful event marks launch of new West Midlands support hub for people on probation

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The West Midlands Education, Training and Employment team recently held a recruitment event to showcase their work in the community at The Boot Factory, their brand-new offices located on Cleveland Road, Wolverhampton.

Since being awarded four Ministry of Justice contracts to support offenders in 2021, Maximus has continued to deliver ETE in the West Midlands, the North West, London and Wales. More than 1,100 people on probation have engaged with ETE in the West Midlands since the start of the contract.

The event connected ETE participants with local employers and training providers, offering live opportunities in Construction, Rail, IT, Green Energy and Warehousing.

Rachel Green, Business Development Manager at RMF Group, a training provider who attended the event, said:

“Participants referred by Maximus are keen and motivated to engage in our plant and rail training courses, and RMF’s track record of successful engagement and outcomes gives them confidence that they will progress onto sustainable employment and will be less likely to reoffend in the future.”

Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, attended the event to find out more about the ETE programme:

“I was absolutely delighted to learn more about how the ETE programme is helping people in Wolverhampton to progress into training and employment – while reducing the impact of offending on the wider community. I look forward to hearing more regarding the local impact of this exciting programme.”

Craig Walker, ETE Contract Director, said:

“This event marks the start of Maximus delivering a range of diverse services in the area designed to motivate and encourage participants to engage with ETE, improve their health and mental wellbeing – and ultimately develop their confidence, abilities and skills to move away from a life of crime.”

07 November, 2022