Andrew Selous, MP for South West Bedfordshire, discusses the importance of getting ex-offenders into work.
The importance of employment in the process of the rehabilitation of ex-offenders has been highlighted once again, this time by MP, Andrew Selous.
Towards the end of 2015 Novus partners, stakeholders and employers gathered to hear guest speakers discuss the regional approach to improving the volume and quality of employers willing to give jobs to ex-offenders. Steps for improvement in this area are particularly key as it has been widely and continuously proven that by increasing the number of people who are able to find work on release, re-offending rates are reduced.
One of the guest speakers at the Novus event in question was Andrew Selous MP, The Minister for Prisons, Probation and Rehabilitation.
Following on from a welcome from Novus’ Director of Justice Services, Barbara McDonough, Selous keenly delivered a talk on the ‘critial’ nature of providing ex-offenders with jobs, in order to ensure they don’t offend again.
Selous also made positive remarks around the number of employers who had attended the event, and were clearly interested in learning about how they could get ex-offenders into jobs, helping to integrate them back in to society and in turn minimize the risk of reoffending and so maximize public safety.
Some of the key figures within Novus, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) and the Community Rehabilitation Company (Colin Murphy, Mike Harrison, Nigel Austin) were next up to discuss the effectiveness of the partnership approach adopted by NOMS and Novus.
It is clear that through working closely together, Novus and NOMS have successfully put strategies in place that aid offenders in their search for work upon leaving prison. Novus and NOMS also continue to push the Employer Engagement Strategy, engaging with employers who are receptive to recruiting ex-offenders.
When ex-offender ‘Kyle’ then took to the stage to tell his story, it became clear that it is the combination of the learning opportunities granted within prisons and the continuous support given upon release (Kyle mentioned for example being put in touch with the Suited & Booted charity ahead of his first job interview) that gives ex-offenders the best possible chances at gaining employment.