Maximus UK has been delivering Ministry of Justice contracts to support services users supervised by the National Probation Service in the West Midlands, the North West, and Wales.
Since the start of the programme in June 2021, Maximus UK has supported hundreds of ex-offenders to transition into education and employment, in conjunction with specialist local partners. Positive outcomes for participants have included job starts, remaining in employment and starting businesses, improving both their career prospects and personal lives.
In addition, we have been working with employers to raise awareness of the benefits of more inclusive recruitment practices, and to source job opportunities across a range of sectors.
Following a conviction, Neal separated from his long-term partner and lost his job. He also abandoned an online business venture he had previously set up, selling collectable models, and had become dispirited after seeking full-time work without success.
During a meeting with his Probation Officer, he was offered a referral to Maximus ETE. His ETE advisor quickly won Neal’s confidence and identified his enthusiasm for his earlier online model business.
Neal was encouraged to resume the business, and his advisor recommended low-cost promotional tools to advertise his stock. His venture quickly took off and he has already recovered his initial investment. In addition, he is now working with third parties to advertise his goods and is seeing a steady increase in sales, along with interest from industry wholesalers, keen to display their products on his website.
Neal is now passionate about his business venture and has a positive outlook.
Neal said: “The service and support I received could not have been better – Maximus helped me regain my self-respect and hopes for the future.”
Ray, 55, from Liverpool, found his work options limited due to his conviction, finding employment as a warehouse assistant on a part-time, zero-hours basis. In August 2021, he was encouraged to obtain a Forklift Truck Driver’s license to make his position more secure, but faced the obstacle of meeting the cost of training for the license.
In September, Ray was referred to the ETE programme, and with support from his advisor investigated alternative employment, together with ways to upskill to remain with his current employer.
His advisor then identified a training provider offering fully-funded Warehousing and Logistics qualifications. In November, Ray completed the training and gained the required qualifications, leading to a permanent contract with his employer along with an hourly pay increase.
Ray said: “After so many doors were shut in assisting me, I had given up any hope that I would get anywhere. Maximus have helped me achieve the security I was looking for, and I can’t thank them enough!”
Dr Paul Williams, Division President of Maximus UK, said: “Through ETE we continue to support people to move forward with their lives and access the training and skills they need, delivering a positive impact for individuals, their families and local communities.”