Category: Working with Offenders and Ex-Prisoners
Jobtrack is a partnership between NIACRO, the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) and the Northern Ireland Prison Service (NIPS) which works to increase the employability of people who have offended and people who have been in prison.
The programme is based on research which shows a link between unemployment and reoffending. By helping people in prison increase their skills and employability it is contributing to an overall crime reduction strategy.
Jobtrack is delivered right across Northern Ireland. It is primarily based on the needs of the individual, and uses a structured programme of assessment and individual action planning, advice, training, and work sampling opportunities.
Leon is one example of the work we do with people in the community. Over 94% of Jobtrack (Community) clients are rated as either a medium or high risk of re-offending. This is a tough group, as they are generally long-term unemployed and face more barriers than most when trying to convince businesses to employ them.
Not all of our clients make it through the Jobtrack programme. However, of the 283 people who did complete it during 2012/13, 57% went into training, employment or education. Of those who did not finish the programme, 16% left early to take up opportunities in education, training or employment
With the emerging, challenging economic situation, we expect to face further difficulties engaging with the labour market. However, through identifying and establishing innovative solutions to tackle barriers, the Jobtrack team are continuing to reach their targets.
Jobtrack is funded by the European Social Fund and the Department of Employment and Learning and match funded by Probation Board for Northern Ireland, the Northern Ireland Prison Service and the Department of Justice.
Tel: 028 9032 0157