Procure Plus Helps Ex-Offenders Access Career Opportunities
Procure Plus has been awarded a contract by the National Offender Management Service Co-Financing Organisation (NOMS CFO), via Achieve North West, to help ex-offenders access employment and high-quality career training opportunities.
The contract, which is financed by European Social Fund (ESF) monies and known as CFO3, runs from January 2016 to end of December 2020, and aims to get at least 130 people into work during the five year period. The scheme targets those deemed to be furthest away from the jobs market, and will support them for six months to become job ready. This includes learning life skills and overcoming barriers to employment, before being referred to job opportunities created by the Procure Plus framework.
Since starting work with NOMS CFO in 2010, Procure Plus has helped 257 people enter employment, with 85 per cent of those retaining their roles for a minimum of six months. In fact, the majority achieved at least a recognised qualification at NVQ Level 2 or equivalent.
In addition, nearly 600 people have been assisted by attending supportive mock interviews, receiving mentoring and feedback to help them improve their interview technique, while nearly 500 were interviewed by employers on the Procure Plus framework.
One success story is that of John, who has been supported by Procure Plus since July 2011. John* gained a six month contract carrying out maintenance repairs for one of Procure Plus’ clients, before being appointed a Gas Installation Apprentice with a framework contractor in July 2012. He received his NVQ Level 3 qualification in August 2015 and has since found permanent employment as a Gas Engineer.
*John is not his real name to protect his anonymity.