Research shows that gaining and keeping work has a positive and long-term impact on helping people lead crime-free lives. The Social Exclusion Unit (2002) stated “employment reduces the risk of reoffending by between a third and a half.
The BeNCH ETE team support and motivate service users to overcome their barriers to employment. ETE Staff are skilled in helping service users to identify what their aspirations and future employment needs are. Together we develop appropriate action plans to enable service users to address these barriers, to support their personal development and to increase their motivation and self confidence. We aim to make a real and significant difference in our service users ability to gain sustainable employment.
Many BeNCH ETE staff are qualified Information, Advice & Guidance (IAG) Practitioners who work closely with service users and other partners who can provide additional specialist services that support and positively contribute to the service users journey towards sustained employment.
We work with Probation Officers to make sure that ETE is integrated into service users Resettlement plans when leaving prison and returning to their home communities. Our Supply Chain Partners also provide ETE and related specialist services prior to release from custody and in the community, which is aligned with and supported by the BeNCH ETE provision. BeNCH partners also provide access and support with accommodation, debt counselling, mentoring, family support, as well as dedicated services for women.
The Bench ETE Team provides the best service to our service users. We know that to be really effective we need to work closely with other professional colleagues both within the CRC, National Probation Service (NPS), the prison service and our partners both in our supply chain and the wider community.
We are extremely pleased and proud of what our service users achieve and their achievements are acknowledged and recognised by staff within BeNCH and often by external organisations. Former Service Users have won local, regional and national awards for their endeavours e.g. the NIACE Adult Learner of the Year Award.
The BeNCH ETE Team help service users to:
• develop the understanding and motivation to engage in skills and employment activity
• improve their job seeking skills to complete job applications with potential employers
• undertake structured job search using internet linked computers
• deal honestly and positively with employers with questions about their offending history
• access training and college courses and other partnership provision to enhance their skills, knowledge and qualifications
The service provided by the ETE team will include some or all of the following elements :
• assessment of skills, qualifications and support needs
• individually agreed action planning
• Information, Advice & Guidance sessions which support CV writing, interviewing skills, job search and job applications, disclosure of convictions
• Support to identify and access financial support for ETE related activities
• Referrals to other specialist providers both within the BeNCH Supply Chain and in the wider community.
In summary, the BeNCH ETE Provision delivers an holistic and individualised support service to our service users to enable them to overcome barriers to employment, to improve their motivation and skills to seek out, gain and sustain education, training and employment, in conjunction with our supply chain and other local partners.