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PROJECTS TO HELP OFFENDERS FIND JOBS

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Extra funds are to be given to projects which have successfully helped offenders get into the jobs market, home off...
Extra funds are to be given to projects which have successfully helped offenders get into the jobs market, home office minister Lady Blatch announced today.

Five Training and Enterprise Council schemes covering Avon, Cumbria, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Yorkshire, and Cheshire will share almost £200,000.

The projects tackle employment problems faced by offenders by helping them gain access to training and overcome problems with literacy and numeracy.

Since the projects began in May

- nearly 330 offenders have received advice and assistance to help them become job-ready

- over 100 offenders have received skills or NVQ, training;

- nearly 90 offenders have found a job

Lady Blatch said: 'These projects help offenders to help themselves and lead law-abiding lives.

'They provide valuable guidance and training needed by many offenders before they are ready for work.

'This extra money will mean that more offenders can gain valuable skills which help them to compete in the jobs market.'

The following TECs have won further funding: Western, Cumbria, Thames Valley Enterprise, Calderdale and Kirklees TEC Consortium, and North and Mid Cheshire.

The initiative was developed in collaboration with the employment department and TECs. The projects will build on the many examples of effective partnership between TECs, the probation service, prisons and other agencies.

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