Evaluating delivery of the Education, Training and Employment programme in our latest research report

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I’m really pleased to be able to share our latest research report ‘Unlocking Potential’. The report presents the findings of an evaluation of our delivery of the Education, Training and Employment (ETE) programme on behalf of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ), from its launch in June 2021 to its end in March 2024.

The ETE programme

The programme was set up to support people in the justice system to overcome obstacles and take back control of their lives, while reducing reoffending in communities. Maximus ETE Advisors (EAs) supported people on probation who joined the programme to work towards achieving their desired goals – whether that be securing education, training, or sustainable employment. In so doing, ETE helped participants to become self-sufficient and to move away from dependency on criminal activity for status and income.

Employability is well established as a key factor in reducing the likelihood of reoffending. Given the extremely high costs associated with reoffending (calculated by the MoJ to total over £18 billion per year), supporting people on probation to overcome the barriers they face in securing work is vital.

ETE provided this support, and Maximus achieved significant success in delivering the programme, with over 7,900 participants achieving their ETE goals with us, including more than 1,800 who entered employment.

Our evaluation

The evaluation was undertaken with two aims in mind:

  1. To explore the impact of the programme across its lifetime and understand the resulting benefits for participants.
  2. To gain insight into the lessons learned from successful delivery to inform future provision of community rehabilitation services.

To achieve this, our evaluation combined a synthesis of research and policy literature with new qualitative research – comprised of a series of interviews and surveys with ETE operational leads, frontline EAs, and participants themselves.

5 lessons for future provision

The research revealed just how transformative the programme was for those who participated in it. This includes the impact of securing work and gaining qualifications, alongside improvements related to health, wellbeing, confidence, purpose, and independence – with numerous benefits for the individual, their family, and the wider community.

Alongside these findings, five key lessons for future provision emerged:

  1. Access to specialist ETE support delivers real economic and social value.
  2. A proactive approach to securing and maintaining participant engagement is crucial for successful delivery.
  3. Effective support must be tailored to the cohort and personalised for the individual.
  4. The role of the EA demands specific knowledge, skills, and expertise.
  5. Cross-sector collaboration is key to providing holistic and integrated support to overcome complex barriers.

You can read more in our newly published report: Unlocking Potential: Evaluating delivery of the Education, Training and Employment programme.

21 June, 2024