Insights Life after Intervention: An ex-offender's success story
6 months ago

Life after Intervention: An ex-offender's success story

Employability/Justice

John was referred to Seetec Basildon through MAPPA; a multi-agency process through which the Police, Probation and Prison Services work together with other agencies.

Seetec’s employer services team had a chat with John * to see how they could assist in getting him into work.  Well aware of the process of working with people with criminal records, his consultant had a private discussion where John disclosed his offence and discussed any restrictions that had been set.  John was not allowed into a nearby city and all the vacancies in Basildon were mainly via recruitment agencies due to the time of year.

Interventions

John’s consultant had connections with a trusted windows and doors employer and knew they were recruiting again and so spoke with the owner.  His offence was explained and a possible role of loader/unloader was put forward.  The employer was interested in offering an interview.  Upon reflection, his consultant realised that John may have to deliver within his exclusion zone which would make him in breach of his probation order.

After speaking with the employer again, John’s consultant persuaded them to look at a factory worker/cleaner position with some additional responsibilities going forward.  John was asked to attend an interview.  But before he could attend he would need to get agreement from his probation office regarding the role, the company, the location and the employees currently working there.

The next hurdle was transport and getting to the factory which was in a semi-rural location. John decided to cycle but unfortunately, the commute was a mighty 2 ½ hours each way.

The feedback from his interview was outstanding but the journey time was unacceptable.  The employer was prepared to offer John a job if he could get to work in an acceptable timescale.  After looking at many different transports options, it was decided that the easiest method was to purchase a foldable bike and travel on the train, bus and then cycle the rest of the journey.

Result

After much interaction with John’s probation officer, he was prepared to authorise John starting work providing we could provide a job spec, job offer and assurances that the employer was fully aware of the offence and they were not going to employ anyone under the age of 18. John’s Seetec Consultant also mapped out his journey to and from work to ensure he didn’t deviate from the route.

John started work and was clearly overwhelmed by Seetec’s help in assisting him in getting a job.  It has ultimately changed his life and allowed him to move on.

Conclusion

His Employment Service Consultant said, “I can say that this has been the most challenging and most rewarding job outcome to date in my 3 ½ years as a ESC team member and putting the offence aside, we have achieved what we set out to do and that is getting a client into full-time employment".

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