Boosting Skills to Prevent Reoffending
Service user Harry* attended one of Seetec’s One Stop Shop’s in Maidstone earlier this year. The One Stop Shop brings together various agencies and charities, covering areas such as health, housing, education and employment. Service users who attend can find out about the range of support that is available to tackle issues they may have that can lead to reoffending – issues such as mental health problems and low literacy skills.
Harry is part of the traveller community; he is dyslexic and illiterate and has spent the last ten years in and out of prison.
Working with Harry, we found he had had some experience of construction and that he wanted to know how to apply for his Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) card. The CSCS card is evidence that someone has the skills necessary to undertake construction work and is the key to gaining employment in this field.
We arranged for Harry to attend a one day health and safety course. We also made sure that he was given additional support on the course as he wouldn’t be able to read the questions. He passed the course and has been booked on his CSCS test. As this also requires basic literacy skills, Harry has been referred for further specialist support.
Harry’s Seetec Employment Adviser has arranged for him to work for a local construction company, once he has passed his CSCS test.
Harry is now in a very different place from when he first attended the One Stop Shop – he is motivated and sees a crime-free future for himself, as well as a positive outlook for his family.
*Name has been changed to protect privacy